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Queen thanks 'all those working hard to complete' Nightingale Hospital

by Florian Hastings (2020-06-24)


The Queen has thanked Armed Forces personnel working tirelessly to build London's new NHS Nightingale Hospital.

The monarchy's official Twitter account paid tribute to the military who have been on 15-hour shifts as they transform the ExCel convention centre into a 4,000 bed hospital for coronavirus patients.

'Thank you to all those working hard to complete @NightingaleLDN Hospital, which will open this week to support patients with coronavirus,' Buckingham Palace said.

Up to 200 personnel, including infantry from the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and Gurkhas, have been assisting contractors and NHS staff with its construction.






The monarchy's official Twitter account paid tribute to the military who have been on 15-hour shifts as they transform the ExCel convention centre into a 4,000 bed hospital







The Queen on a phone call to Boris Johnson on March 25 for her weekly audience with the Prime Minister 


The Queen is head of the Armed Forces and her cousin the Duke of Gloucester is Colonel in Chief of the Royal Anglian Regiment. If you loved this article and you also would like to be given more info relating to The best plumber NYC has to offer. From full-service plumbing to sprinkler inspections i implore you to visit the web page.  The duke paid tribute to the soldiers involved.

He said in a statement released on Twitter: 'In these challenging times, I am enormously proud of the Royal Anglian's role in helping to build @NightingaleLDN. It is a testament to the @RAnglians's dedication, teamwork and professionalism.'

He added: 'Their commitment will make a huge difference to lives up and down the country.'






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Construction began on the hospital last Wednesday and the facility is almost ready to begin taking in Covid-19 patients from hospitals across the capital.

Some soldiers helping to build the Nightingale hospital compared the coronavirus crisis to the Battle of the Somme.

Colonel Ashleigh Boreham, who has carried out two tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan, said it was the biggest mission of his career.

As commanding officer of 256 City of London Field Hospital, he is in charge of military personnel working on the NHS facility.

Built in around ten days, it will have 500 beds for coronavirus patients when it opens this week. The number of beds will eventually increase to 4,000. 






An ambulance arrives at the Nightingale Hospital in London's Excel Centre today as soldiers ready the site for its first patients 







Members of the armed forces and police officers gather behind NHS Nightingale today 







The Queen's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, is Colonel in Chief of the Royal Anglian Regiment. He also paid tribute to soldiers involved in building NHS Nightingale 


Similar hospitals are being installed in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow to ease pressure on existing sites.

Colonel Boreham, who has helped create field hospitals around the world, said: 'We are building a hospital for people in our nation. You are saving people's lives and they could be the lives of your families. It's the biggest job I've ever done.

'My grandfather was at the Somme, this is no different. I'm just at a different battle. I'm from London, I have friends and family in London. Many of the people working here, many of the soldiers working here, are from London.

'We are doing this to save the lives of Londoners. These are our comrades, there's no difference. It doesn't matter if t