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Royals return to work after lockdown and Camilla says she’s seen grandkids

The Royal Family have returned to work today - at a safe distance - carrying out their first engagements in person since coronavirus lockdown was introduced.

Prince Charles, Camilla and the Duke of Cambridge were out and about for the first time since government restrictions were introduced, using the opportunity to thank NHS staff for their work during the pandemic.

The royals have been working throughout the pandemic, but have carried out their engagements virtually over video call.

They said it was great to be back, but admitted they missed shaking hands. Strict social distancing rules were followed throughout both events.

Camilla also said she had been able to see her grandchildren for the first time at the weekend, but didn't hug them.

Charles and Camilla visited Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to meet NHS staff who have been working on the frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Charles said: "It's been a marvelous opportunity just to see people who I know have been doing so much on the front line.

"They've had to endure and awful lot of stress and strain in their wonderful way. How they do it, I don't know.

"Delivering everything in the most effective way."

Camilla added: "They've done the most remarkable things.

"The way they have looked after people and kept control of the thing.

"It's a question of not panicking and getting on with it. They're Britain at it's best."

Camilla also said she had been able to see her grandchildren for the first time last weekend, but didn't hug them.

She didn't say if she was talking about her own grandchildren of George, Charlotte and Louis, but described it as a "great treat".

Charles spoke about his experience of the virus, saying he lost his sense of smell and taste.

After the visit, the trust tweeted: "What an absolute privilege for health and social care staff, key workers and volunteers @gloshospitals to meet Their Royal Highnesses this morning. Their first public engagement since lockdown.

"Thank you @ClarenceHouse for lifting all our spirits and recognising our work."

Meanwhile, Prince William went to Kings Lynn Ambulance Station at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

He thanked staff for their work on the frontline during the Covid pandemic.

During the visit the duke heard from crews about the support they have received from members of the public, local businesses and volunteering networks.

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The crew were from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) which provides round-the-clock accident and emergency services to 6.2 million people living in the east of England.

The service operates over 130 sites and works closely with other blue lights partners, including air ambulances, to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care.

William is likely to know the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk as he worked as helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity.

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