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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester send message of support to the city

Published
22.04.2020

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have expressed their thanks to key workers and warm wishes to the city during the Coronavirus crisis.

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Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have sent a letter of thanks and support to key workers and residents in the city during the Coronavirus crisis.

In the letter, The Duke and Duchess express their gratitude to key workers, and say it is “heartening” to see the volunteer network expanding to help those in need.

The message also mentions pride in sharing the name Gloucester and hope to see the city returning to its best once lockdown measures are lifted.

The message in full:

“The Coronavirus outbreak is testing the resilience of every community.  We send our thanks to the key workers of the City of Gloucester who are doing their utmost to support those in need.  It is also heartening to see that the volunteer network has been able to expand as necessary to help and care for the vulnerable and the isolated.

“Gloucester has flourished for many centuries and will continue to do so for many to come.  Today, when its historic centre lies near deserted, we look forward to the time when it will be busy again, bringing pleasure to both residents and visitors alike.  The restrictions that have been put in place will encourage us to strive to revive the life and livelihood of the city as soon as possible, with businesses both great and small getting back to doing what they do best to keep the city working.

“The Duchess and I send our warmest good wishes to the City of Gloucester whose name we so proudly share.”

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

The Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester, Cllr Colin Organ, said: “It’s wonderful to receive such a warm and heartfelt letter from Gloucester’s Duke and Duchess.

“Their Royal Highnesses have always been incredibly supportive of our wonderful city, and we look forward to welcoming them to Gloucester when the time is right.

“These are difficult circumstances, and we are grateful that people in Gloucester are following the guidance from Public Health England and central Government. The closer we stick to this guidance, the sooner we will be on the other side of the pandemic.

“I also want to thank all key workers for continuing through this crisis to protect and care for others, and keep vital services operating as normally as possible.

“The way the city and county has come together shows what we can achieve when we work in partnership.”

A lady in coral jacket and peach skirt, man in grey suit  and blue tie, woman in black dress and patterned jacket

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, and Dame Janet Trotter DBE, CVO during a Royal Visit to Gloucester in 2011. Image: © Gloucestershire Live and Mikal Ludlow 

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