Healthcare workers are to receive some special consideration in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honors for 2020.
The Queen's Birthday Honours for 2020 are appointments by some of the 16 Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honors to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries.
The awards are usually held in June to coincide with the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's birthday. Naturally, this year will be somewhat different, as COVID-19 has scuppered plans all over the world and forced events to be postponed and canceled everywhere.
Now, hundreds of frontline staff and healthcare workers are set to be honored in the next list of awards.
Boris Johnson made the announcement this week. He said the 'dedication, courage, and compassion' shown by frontline staff deserved to be recognized.
Johnson said 'As we all redouble our efforts to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives this winter, I am pleased we have an opportunity to recognize those who have given so much to this country already. We all have to play our part, but the dedication, courage and compassion seen from these recipients, be it responding on the frontline or out in their communities providing support to the most vulnerable, is an inspiration to us all. We owe them a debt of gratitude and the 2020 Queen’s Birthday honors will be the first of many occasions where we can thank them as a nation.'
In July, centenarian Captain Sir Tom Moore received a knighthood after his sponsored walks around his garden with the aid of his walking frame raised a record-breaking £39m for the NHS and lifted the spirits of the nation. He was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle.
This is a fantastic way of thanking the frontline staff and ensuring that their hard work is acknowledged.