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Coronavirus: Prince William and Kate Middleton clap for carers

Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children all wore NHS blue as they led the latest week of Clap for Carers this evening – as millions of Britons saluted key workers from their doorsteps. 

The royal couple stood alongside Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to put their hands together and praise everyone from NHS healthcare workers to shop assistants who are risking their lives to keep the country going.  

The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge’s three children have been encouraged to take part in the Clap for Carers every week, and were joined by Prince Charles and Camilla who are currently staying at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire.

The NHS and its staff is something that William and Kate have put at the heart of their private and professional lives, and this week announced a new initiative to support key workers by providing a dedicated mental health support system, Our Frontline. 

For the fifth consecutive week, people from around the country stood out on their doorsteps to clap for a minute as a thank you for the brave staff on the frontlines battling the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who is still recuperating from the virus at Chequers – also joined in with fiancee Carrie Symonds.

Dominic Raab, who is First Secretary with Mr Johnson away from duties, was also filmed clapping, as was Labour leader Kier Starmer.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children clapping for NHS and frontline workers on Thursday

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall joining in 'clapping for our carers' outside the front door of their home at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall joining in ‘clapping for our carers’ outside the front door of their home at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire

NHS nurses and occupational therapists help to unveil a rainbow floral display outside the University College Hospital today at Euston Road, in London to thank the public for their support during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic

NHS nurses and occupational therapists help to unveil a rainbow floral display outside the University College Hospital today at Euston Road, in London to thank the public for their support during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic

An NHS worker reacts outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

An NHS worker reacts outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

Hospital staff come out of Chelsea and Westminster and are greeted by a small but enthusiastic crowd, including several car loads of Met Police Officers

Hospital staff come out of Chelsea and Westminster and are greeted by a small but enthusiastic crowd, including several car loads of Met Police Officers

Members of the emergency services take part in the nationwide clap to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service

Members of the emergency services take part in the nationwide clap to show thanks for the work of Britain’s National Health Service

NHS Workers outside of the Newham University Hospital in London clap along with millions of others nationwide as people recognise the work of frontline staff in the coronavirus pandemic

NHS Workers outside of the Newham University Hospital in London clap along with millions of others nationwide as people recognise the work of frontline staff in the coronavirus pandemic

Police officers and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital applaud to show their appreciation for National Health Service workers

Police officers and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital applaud to show their appreciation for National Health Service workers

A child holds a sign which says 'Thank you NHS and my mummy' at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport during the clap for carers

A child holds a sign which says ‘Thank you NHS and my mummy’ at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport during the clap for carers

Pedro from Tooting plays Tequila on the saxophone to show support for key workers during this week's clap for carers

Pedro from Tooting plays Tequila on the saxophone to show support for key workers during this week’s clap for carers

Residents in Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom, take part in the fifth Clap for Our Carers as the Coronavirus lockdown continues

Residents in Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom, take part in the fifth Clap for Our Carers as the Coronavirus lockdown continues

The picture of Prince William and his family clapping appeared in a comedy skit with Stephen Fry for The Big Night In – a fundraising telethon to raise money for key workers and those affected by coronavirus taking being shown on BBC One tonight.

In the sketch, The Duke of Cambridge told Fry that homeschooling his children had proved ‘a bit of a nightmare, really’. He added: ‘By the way, have you seen anything good on TV? It’s hell without EastEnders.’ When Fry suggests Tiger King, the duke said that he ‘tends to avoid shows about royalty’.

Before getting up to take part in the clap for carers, he said: ‘On my way, let me just see if I can find my socks, and my shoes, and my trousers.’ 

Footage of the duke clapping outside his home with his family was then aired as the tribute to key workers began at 8pm. 

The first emotional Clap for Carers took place on Thursday, March 26, and has happened every week since, in an act of solidarity and praise for those who are dedicating so much during the pandemic.

Tonight, people banged pots and pans, dressed up in silly costumes, and chanted their support for the NHS, while keeping a safe social distance, all across the country

Emergency services vehicles blared their sirens and as they paid tribute to their colleagues, and others, while flashing their blue lights.

Buildings were also decorated with signs, flags and banners – while the famous BT Tower in London was also lit up in tribute of frontline workers. 

Tower Bridge and the London Eye were also lit up, as were the famous brick towers of Croydon IKEA.

The Countess of Wessex joined a video call with Thames Valley Air Ambulance this week, where she thanked crew members who have been redeployed to help their NHS colleagues working on the frontline

The Countess of Wessex joined a video call with Thames Valley Air Ambulance this week, where she thanked crew members who have been redeployed to help their NHS colleagues working on the frontline

A medical staff member applauds outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS this evening

A medical staff member applauds outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS this evening

Health workers take part in a national 'clap for carers' along the banks of the River Thames to show thanks for the work people across the country

Health workers take part in a national ‘clap for carers’ along the banks of the River Thames to show thanks for the work people across the country

Residents in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear applaud to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Residents in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear applaud to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Crouch End residents take part in "Clap For Carers" this evening banging pots with spoons and wearing colourful headwear

Crouch End residents take part in ‘Clap For Carers’ this evening banging pots with spoons and wearing colourful headwear

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab applauds to show his appreciation for National Health Service (NHS) staff working amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab applauds to show his appreciation for National Health Service (NHS) staff working amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

A medic at St Thomas Hospital in London shows her support to National Health Workers while they are taking part in the Clap For Carers

A NHS worker applauds outside the Aintree University Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Liverpool

A medic at St Thomas Hospital in London shows her support to National Health Workers while they are taking part in the Clap For Carers (left). Pictured right: An NHS worker applauds outside the Aintree University Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Liverpool

NHS staff take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff along the Thames

NHS staff take part in a national ‘clap for carers’ to show thanks for the work of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) workers and frontline medical staff along the Thames

A Fire Brigade boat crew shows their support to National Health Workers while they are taking part in the Clap For Carers during the Coronavirus outbreak in London

A Fire Brigade boat crew shows their support to National Health Workers while they are taking part in the Clap For Carers during the Coronavirus outbreak in London

People applaud outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

People applaud outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The London Eye turned blue during the 'Clap For Our Carers' campaign in support of Britain's National Health Service

The London Eye turned blue during the ‘Clap For Our Carers’ campaign in support of Britain’s National Health Service

Tower Bridge is illuminated in blue during the 'Clap For Our Carers' campaign to support the National Health Service in London

Tower Bridge is illuminated in blue during the ‘Clap For Our Carers’ campaign to support the National Health Service in London

The famous BT Tower in London displays the message 'Tonight we are Clapping in Support' in support of Clap For Carers

The famous BT Tower in London displays the message ‘Tonight we are Clapping in Support’ in support of Clap For Carers

The famous brick towers of Croydon IKEA are lit up in blue to show appreciation for NHS workers looking after the UK's coronavirus patients

The famous brick towers of Croydon IKEA are lit up in blue to show appreciation for NHS workers looking after the UK’s coronavirus patients

A man is seen on a balcony in Hemel Hempstead next to a banner, during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

A man is seen on a balcony in Hemel Hempstead next to a banner, during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

People applaud outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus continues in Birmingham

People applaud outside Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus continues in Birmingham

NHS workers react outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease

NHS workers react outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge previously shared footage of their children clapping and yesterday marked the second birthday of Prince Louis by releasing an adorable pictured of him with rainbows on his outstretched hands in tribute to the NHS.

As well as the millions making it out onto the streets First Secretary of State Dominic Raab also joined in with the clap for carers applause in Westminster. 

Mr Raab, who is deputising for Boris Johnson while he recovers from coronavirus, said in a Twitter post: ‘The weekly ClapForCarers and NHSHeroes is a brilliant demonstration of how the UK unites in moments of crisis.

‘By coming together we will beat this virus.’

Meanwhile, celebrities have been out in their numbers supporting the initiative, including former Saturday’s singer Frankie Bridge and her husband, ex-Chelsea and Southampton football star, Wayne Bridge.

Football manager Harry Redknapp, who won the nation’s hearts and the I’m a Celebrity Crown in 2018, and wife Sandra, also joined in the nationwide clap from their home in Sanbanks, Dorset.

Former Saturday's singer Frankie Bridge and her husband, ex-Chelsea and Southampton football star, Wayne Bridge, joined in the clap with their family and posted it on Instagram

 Former Saturday’s singer Frankie Bridge and her husband, ex-Chelsea and Southampton football star, Wayne Bridge, joined in the clap with their family and posted it on Instagram

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra join the tributes to NHS staff and carers on Thursday evening

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra join the tributes to NHS staff and carers on Thursday evening

Journalist Kate Garraway, who featured in I’m a Celebrity the year after Harry Redknapp, and whose husband, Derek Draper, remains critically ill in intensive care battling coronavirus, also posted an emotional tribute on Instagram.

Draper, 52, a former lobbyist and political adviser, has been in hospital since the end of March.

Following Thursday night’s Clap For Carers, TV presenter Garraway posted a message on Instagram in which she said ‘where there is life there is hope’.

Alongside a video, she wrote: ‘Another emotional clapthecarers & never has it been more needed. If this pandemic lockdown is dragging on for us, imagine what it is like for them. Shift after endlessly long shift , bravely going to work, to battle the virus and give our loved ones a chance.

Journalist Kate Garraway, who was I'm a Celebrity in 2019, and whose husband, Derek Draper, remains critically ill in intensive care battling coronavirus, posted an emotional tribute on Instagram

Journalist Kate Garraway, who was I’m a Celebrity in 2019, and whose husband, Derek Draper, remains critically ill in intensive care battling coronavirus, posted an emotional tribute on Instagram

Following Thursday night's Clap For Carers, the TV presenter posted a message on Instagram in which she said 'where there is life there is hope'

Following Thursday night’s Clap For Carers, the TV presenter posted a message on Instagram in which she said ‘where there is life there is hope’

‘None of those keeping my Derek alive have ever made me feel it’s a chore, they want to win this as much as I want them to, but it must be so hard. He is still critically ill in intensive care, but where there is life there is hope.

‘Thank you nhs from the bottom of my heart . Thank you too for all your wonderful messages and advice of how to get through this’.

The Good Morning Britain presenter said she was ‘gathering the things that have helped me’ and would be posting them on clubgarraway.com, her wellbeing website, for free.

The touching gesture of national solidarity came just hours after a virtual tribute to the NHS was traced across the skies of North Antrim just hours before the weekly clap for carers.

Stephen Fry (pictured in the top right hand corner of the laptop screen) reprised his role as Melchett in Blackadder to take a Zoom call with Prince William (main)

Stephen Fry (pictured in the top right hand corner of the laptop screen) reprised his role as Melchett in Blackadder to take a Zoom call with Prince William (main) 

Stephen Fry is pictured in his Blackadder role as Melchett on a Zoom call to Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge appeared on Zoom to Fry's character just before the NHS clap at 8pm

Stephen Fry (left) is pictured in his Blackadder role as Melchett on a Zoom call to Prince William (right)

Stephen Fry went out on his doorstep to clap for the NHS at 8pm after his call with Prince William

Stephen Fry went out on his doorstep to clap for the NHS at 8pm after his call with Prince William

People and emergency responders stand on Westminster Bridge near to St Thomas' Hospital in London to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

People and emergency responders stand on Westminster Bridge near to St Thomas’ Hospital in London to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

Staff outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

Staff outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

Staff outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

Staff outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

NHS workers react outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

NHS workers react outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

A healthcare worker applauds the Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band after they played for staff outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland

A healthcare worker applauds the Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band after they played for staff outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland

Members of Leicester's emergency services applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain's National Health Service

Members of Leicester’s emergency services applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain’s National Health Service

NHS Workers pose for a photo outside of the Newham University Hospital in London during the fifth consecutive Clap for Carers

NHS Workers pose for a photo outside of the Newham University Hospital in London during the fifth consecutive Clap for Carers

Ambulance crews on Westminster Bridge show their support to National Health Workers while they are taking part in the Clap For Carers

Ambulance crews on Westminster Bridge show their support to National Health Workers while they are taking part in the Clap For Carers

Police officers applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) amid the ongoing coronavirus

Police officers applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) amid the ongoing coronavirus

The Northern Ireland fixed wing Air Ambulance, operated by Woodgate Aviation, were behind the the initials on Thursday.

The route taken by the King Air BE20 aircraft could be seen on flight tracking apps Planefinder and Flightradar as it flew at 15,000ft over Coleraine and Ballymoney.

The Air Ambulance was on a proving flight following maintenance work at the Woodgate hangar at Belfast International Airport.

Pilot Nick Byrne, from Bangor, Co Down, was at the controls during the solo flight.

‘Completion of maintenance work on the King Air coincided with the weekly ‘clap for carers’ when people show their appreciation for NHS staff,’ he said.

People are seen on Westminster Bridge during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

People are seen on Westminster Bridge during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

Paramedics outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

Paramedics outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

An NHS worker applauds at St Mary's hospital in London during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

An NHS worker applauds at St Mary’s hospital in London during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Hospital workers hold a placard outside the Aintree University Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Hospital workers hold a placard outside the Aintree University Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow applaud to show their appreciation for frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow applaud to show their appreciation for frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic 

NHS staff outside the Royal Derby Hospital to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

NHS staff outside the Royal Derby Hospital to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers initiative

NHS Workers outside of the Newham University Hospital in London mark clap for carers, which has now taken place for five weeks in a row

NHS Workers outside of the Newham University Hospital in London mark clap for carers, which has now taken place for five weeks in a row

Members of Leicester's emergency services applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain's National Health Service

Members of Leicester’s emergency services applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain’s National Health Service 

‘We decided we would try to write NHS in the skies which could be seen on aircraft tracking apps.

‘I’ve never attempted anything like this before and although there was a little wavering, I’m delighted with the outcome.’

Woodgate Aviation operations manager Keith McKay added: ‘We have a long track record of working with the highly professional and dedicated staff in the NHS, and this was our way of applauding the tireless work they do in our hospitals.

‘We all owe frontline staff such an immense debt of gratitude that we felt this would be a fitting and novel way of recognising their efforts on our behalf.’ 

Meanwhile, a group of nuns, which include a well-known Newcastle United ‘superfan’ tonight joined in on the national celebration of key workers.  

The nuns, who live at St. Anthony's Convent of Mercy in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, stood on the street applauding in a moving show of solidarity with the nations key workers

The nuns, who live at St. Anthony’s Convent of Mercy in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, stood on the street applauding in a moving show of solidarity with the nations key workers

Sister Josepha Matthews, famous in the region for being a dedicated Newcastle United fan, played the guitar and sung three hymns while the rest of the nuns joined in

Sister Josepha Matthews, famous in the region for being a dedicated Newcastle United fan, played the guitar and sung three hymns while the rest of the nuns joined in

The nuns, who live at St. Anthony’s Convent of Mercy in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, stood on the street applauding in a moving show of solidarity with the nations key workers.

Sister Josepha Matthews, famous in the region for being a dedicated Newcastle United fan, played the guitar and sung three hymns while the rest of the nuns joined in.

The 67-year-old, who is the youngest nun in the convent, said: ‘We are usually pretty quiet, we don’t go out on the street making a noise. 

‘But I want everyone to know we are thinking of them.

The nuns sang the hymns This Little Light of Mine, He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands and Give me Joy in my Heart. 

The nationwide clap came as two thirds of Britons have said the UK should be given an extra bank holiday to celebrate medics and care staff who battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Campaigns such as Clap for Carers has highlighted how much the UK values the NHS and care workers

Campaigns such as Clap for Carers has highlighted how much the UK values the NHS and care workers

Firefighters applaud outside Hertford Fire Station during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Firefighters applaud outside Hertford Fire Station during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Ambulance staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital come outside to clap public for their support during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers

Ambulance staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital come outside to clap public for their support during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers

Nursing staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital come outside to clap public for their support during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers

Nursing staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital come outside to clap public for their support during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow applaud to show their appreciation for National Health Service (NHS) workers amid the coronavirus disease

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow applaud to show their appreciation for National Health Service (NHS) workers amid the coronavirus disease

Healthcare worker clap along as the Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band plays for staff outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland, to salute local heroes

Healthcare worker clap along as the Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band plays for staff outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland, to salute local heroes

A piper from the Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band plays for staff outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland

A piper from the Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band plays for staff outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Northern Ireland

NHS staff step outside to appreciate the public support for them at Worthing Hospital in Worthing, West Sussex

NHS staff step outside to appreciate the public support for them at Worthing Hospital in Worthing, West Sussex

Members of Leicester's emergency services applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain's National Health Service

Members of Leicester’s emergency services applaud during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of Britain’s National Health Service

Staff from the Royal London Hospital take part during the 'Clap for our Carers' campaign in support of Britain's National Health Service

Staff from the Royal London Hospital take part during the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign in support of Britain’s National Health Service

A London Ambulance worker takes a patient with an unknown condition from an ambulance outside of the Royal London Hospital on April 20

A London Ambulance worker takes a patient with an unknown condition from an ambulance outside of the Royal London Hospital on April 20

Two NHS workers are seen outside Queens Hospital this week wheeling in a patient on a stretcher

Two NHS workers are seen outside Queens Hospital this week wheeling in a patient on a stretcher

As campaigns such as Clap for Carers, Captain Tom Moore’s walking challenge and other fund raising appeals shine a light on how much the UK loves the NHS, many think health care workers deserve further recognition. 

So far in the UK it has been reported that over 100 NHS and care workers have died from the coronavirus, and the report suggests the public want more to be done to ensure the safety of key workers. 

BOY, 13, COMPLETES 12-HOUR CLAP CHALLENGE

A 13-year-old boy who clapped continuously for 12-hours in support of NHS workers has raised more than £5,300.

Theo Woods was applauding non-stop to show his appreciation for NHS staff and key workers from 8am until 8pm just outside of his home in Hartlepool, County Durham.

Theo said: ‘I really enjoy doing the clapping every Thursday and I wanted to raise money for the NHS and for what’s going on.

‘So I thought I would clap for 12-hours to try to raise money for them.

‘All of the NHS workers do 12 hour shifts so that is what made me decide on 12 hours and it is going really well, I have been going for four hours.

‘My hands are okay but my elbows and shoulders are starting to hurt!

‘I never expected to raise so much, it is really really good. I am live streaming on Instagram and all the messages are keeping me going.’

Incredible Theo has smashed his original £400 target.

Proud mum, 48-year-old Christine Swift, a business coach, said: ‘He has done so well, since we have been on lockdown he has enjoyed and thrown his heart into the 8 o’clock claps.

‘Captain Tom Moore really inspired him raising all that money and we have close friends working on the frontline, Theo said he would love to do something.

‘He said he just had the idea to clap for 12 hours so that’s what he did, he has done the whole thing himself.

‘He sorted the go fund me page and everything, I am immensely proud, I am in awe of him.’

The mum of Theo and Nancy, seven, from Hartlepool, County Durham and a business coach, added: ‘His hands aren’t so bad because he has got marigolds on.’ 

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank revealed that Britons want a new bank holiday – to celebrate both health and care workers.

A YouGov poll found that almost two thirds of the population supported this proposal, compared to a quarter who opposed.

The report also found that the UK supports more intervention from the UK government.

The public wants more substantial support for workers putting their lives on the line to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

96 per cent of people polled agreed the government should introduce more support for healthcare workers’ physical health.

This is while 95 per cent of people supported more support for their mental health needs.

88 per cent were in favour of more generous pay and leave entitlements for them. 

The report also proposes a five point plan for a ‘Care Fit for Carers’. The guarantees echo that made in the First World War.

During that time there was a ‘homes fit for heroes’, the new report demands that the government must deliver such a package for NHS and care workers.

The five guarantees would be: safety, accommodation, mental health, pay and care.

It warns that if action is not take, there will be a serious strain on key workers.

Chris Thomas, IPPR Health Research Fellow and lead author of the report, said: ‘Our care heroes are making significant sacrifices to pull our country through this crisis. But government must ensure people’s lives, livelihoods and security are not lost unnecessarily. That means taking urgent action’

‘Care Fit for Carers is about giving the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic the protection, support and security they need. No one should have to put their health at risk because PPE is lacking. 

‘No one should face a mental health crisis because no support was there. And no one should face financial destitution while delivering our crisis response.’ 

Kate Middleton wears a blue £129 floral Ghost dress as she joins Prince William and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to clap for the NHS at their Norfolk home

By Jessica Rach for MailOnline

The Duchess of Cambridge  put on a stylish display in an £129 floral blue dress by Ghost as she joined Prince William, 37, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, two, to clap for the NHS tonight.

In a new family picture released to the Kensington Palace Instagram account at 8pm on Thursday night to mark the weekly #clapfortheNHS, Kate, 38, opted for the Anouk Dress, which features fabric-covered buttons all the way down and romantic ruffles along the collar and hem, and is currently on sale for £90.30 and in stock.

Wearing her hair perfectly blow-dried and accessorising with drop earrings, she matched Prince William, who coordinated in a blue sweater and shirt as they stood in front of Amner Hall, their Norfolk country home.

Taking after her mother, little Charlotte was also seen wearing a pale blue paisle cotton dress, while Louis wore navy shorts, a collared shirt and dark blue jumper.

George, mirroring his father in blue slacks, wore a check shirt much like the one Louis wore in his birthday pictures.

The Duchess of Cambridge put on a stylish display in an £129 floral blue dress by Ghost as she joined Prince William, 37, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, two, to clap for the NHS tonight

The Duchess of Cambridge put on a stylish display in an £129 floral blue dress by Ghost as she joined Prince William, 37, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, two, to clap for the NHS tonight

Kate, 38, opted for the Anouk Dress, which features fabric-covered buttons all the way down and romantic ruffles along the collar and hem, and is currently on sale for £90.30 and in stock

Kate, 38, opted for the Anouk Dress, which features fabric-covered buttons all the way down and romantic ruffles along the collar and hem, and is currently on sale for £90.30 and in stock

Blue is said to have calming effect, and reprsents trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith and truth.

Earlier today Kensington Palace released picture of Prince Louis to mark his second birthday. 

The Duchess of Cambridge opted to dress Prince Louis in a £12 Tu check bodysuit from Sainsbury’s to take the adorable pictures released for the royal’s 2nd birthday today. 

Prince Louis can be seen beaming having smeared rainbow colours across his cheeks in an adorable unseen picture taken by Kate Middleton, 38, to mark her youngest child’s special day.

The snap, which was released on Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William’s, 37, official Kensington Royal Twitter page today, shows the adorable Prince grinning having covered his face in paint. 

And the little boy appears to be taking after his father, wearing the same checked navy shirt the Duke of Cambridge wore during a tour of Australia almost exactly six years ago to the day, in 2014.

The Duchess of Cambridge opted to dress Prince Louis in a £12 Tu check bodysuit from Sainsbury's to take the adorable pictures released for the royal's 2nd birthday today

The Duchess of Cambridge opted to dress Prince Louis in a £12 Tu check bodysuit from Sainsbury’s to take the adorable pictures released for the royal’s 2nd birthday today

Posting the cute image alongside one of the Prince showing off his rainbow painted hands, Kensington Palace captioned the post: ‘Sharing a sneak peek of Prince Louis’ handiwork ahead of his second birthday!

”The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share new images of Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess this April.’

They then shared more of the little boy, writing: ‘Instagram vs Reality. Thank you for all your lovely messages on Prince Louis’ second birthday!’ 

The 100 per cent cotton shirt style bodysuit comes with a pair of black dungarees, and is still available in all sizes from newborn to 24 months.

The pictures of Prince Louis were taken at Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, this month by his doting mother Kate.

fans quickly remarked on how much the little boy was taking after his father, wearing the same checked navy shirt the Duke of Cambridge wore during a tour of Australia almost exactly six years ago to the day, in 2014 (seen with George, far right)

fans quickly remarked on how much the little boy was taking after his father, wearing the same checked navy shirt the Duke of Cambridge wore during a tour of Australia almost exactly six years ago to the day, in 2014 (seen with George, far right)

In the snaps, the young royal can be seen dressed in a smart, blue checked shirt, and has the same heart-shaped faces, rosy cheeks and enchanting gap-toothed smiles as his brother, Prince George, six.

The image was shared after an initial series of charming photos showing the well behaved royal enjoying an arts-and-crafts session as he painted rainbows to celebrate the NHS.

Pictures of rainbows started springing up up in windows across the country after schools closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

They originated in Italy and quickly spread to the UK, where they are seen as a message of hope and something fun for children spot on their daily hour of exercise. Kate even carefully painted a rainbow on his hands to make a perfect print.

Their three children are also encouraged to take part in the ‘clap for carers’ every week, which will take place again tonight at 8pm. 

The young prince raised his rainbow coloured hands to his face, that were carefully painted on him by his mother Kate

The young prince raised his rainbow coloured hands to his face, that were carefully painted on him by his mother Kate

Prince Louis looked absolutely thrilled with his rainbow coloured handprint to stick on the front window of the family home in Norfolk

Prince Louis looked absolutely thrilled with his rainbow coloured handprint to stick on the front window of the family home in Norfolk

The playful Prince! As Louis celebrates his 2nd birthday today, his parents released this adorable snap of the youngster smearing rainbow paint across his cheeks in an outtake from his birthday photoshoot with mother Kate Middleton, 38

The playful Prince! As Louis celebrates his 2nd birthday today, his parents released this adorable snap of the youngster smearing rainbow paint across his cheeks in an outtake from his birthday photoshoot with mother Kate Middleton, 38 

Adorable: With his little hands smudged with paint and a broad grin on his face, Prince Louis is clearly pleased with his artistic creation

Adorable: With his little hands smudged with paint and a broad grin on his face, Prince Louis is clearly pleased with his artistic creation

Supporting the NHS: These charming pictures show that – just like millions of other children across Britain – his parents are keeping him busy by painting rainbows to celebrate the NHS.

Supporting the NHS: These charming pictures show that – just like millions of other children across Britain – his parents are keeping him busy by painting rainbows to celebrate the NHS.

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