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The Duke of Cambridge posts a sweet Christmas message to the Royal Marsden staff


‘You are the heart and soul of this hospital’: The Duke of Cambridge shares a touching Christmas message thanking Royal Marsden staff for their ‘dedicated dedication and hard work’

  • Prince William thanked Royal Marsden staff for their hard work during the pandemic
  • The Duke, 39, was appointed head of the NHS in London in May 2007
  • He took the position from his late mother who held the role from 1989 until his death in 1997
  • The world’s leading cancer hospital shared a touching video on its Twitter account










The Duke of Cambridge has shared a touching Christmas message to staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital thanking them for their “dedication and hard work” over the past year.

Prince William became president of Royal Marsden in 2007, and took on the venerable role from the late Princess Diana who held the role from 1989 until her death in 1997.

He has visited the hospital regularly since his appointment as president, and expressed his gratitude to the staff at the world’s leading cancer center – who have been called the “heart and soul” of the institution.

The warm celebratory message was shared on the Twitter account of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and William, 39, received praise for the “beautiful and very personal” message.

The Duke of Cambridge has shared a touching Christmas message to staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital thanking them for their ‘dedicated dedication and hard work’ over the past year.

Prince William became president of Royal Marsden in 2007, taking on the venerable role from the late Princess Diana.  Filmed visiting patients in hospital in 2019

Prince William became president of Royal Marsden in 2007, taking on the venerable role from the late Princess Diana. Filmed visiting patients in hospital in 2019

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at Royal Marsden for their dedicated dedication and hard work throughout the year, all year,” he said in the video.

We appreciate it, and don’t forget what you do and you are the heart and soul of this hospital, you are giving everyone a reason for hope and optimism during a very difficult time in their lives.

That’s what I say, thank you very much for all the hard work you do. We love what you do and are so proud of you all, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you all soon.

The hospital is of poignant importance to William as it was Diana’s first solo engagement in 1982, and has continued to be a cause close to her heart.

The hospital is poignant for William as it was Diana's first solo engagement in 1982. She was photographed at a hospital fundraiser in 1997

The hospital is poignant for William as it was Diana’s first solo engagement in 1982. She was photographed at a hospital fundraiser in 1997

Yesterday the King made a private appearance on hospital radio in a taped interview at Kensington Palace, where he lives with his wife Kate, 39, and their three children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three.

Opening up about the festive period, he said it was “special” to see his children playing with their relatives and that he “loves to play Monopoly” during the festive season.

“I think generally for me, getting the family together at Christmas time, is always nice because we’re spread out to do our things so much of the time throughout the year,” he explained.

“And so we get really very few moments together. And when I see my kids get together with some of my cousins’ kids and they’re going to have a great time playing together, it’s very special.”

Prince William said he is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family.  Pictured with Kate Middleton, 39, Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte on Christmas Day 2019

Prince William said he is looking forward to spending Christmas with his family. Pictured with Kate Middleton, 39, Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte on Christmas Day 2019

So I will look forward to it very much. Also, Christmas is a new dynamic now that we have kids. Suddenly it became a completely different game of noise and excitement. So now I’m enjoying the new version of Christmas in my life.

He also revealed his favorite Christmas movie is Elf, adding that he watches the 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell as Santa’s helper every year.

William last visited the Trust’s Sutton Hospital in 2020 when he spoke of the ‘unimaginable challenges’ that cancer patients face as a result of the Covid pandemic.

The Duke said the “spin effects” of the crisis were particularly acute for those who faced late treatment.

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