People across the country took part in a round of applause for frontline health heroes who are risking their lives fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The Clap For Carers initiative saw residents cheering from their doors, windows and balconies at 8:00 pm, with some venturing into the streets, and motorists joined together to hit their horns.
In the meantime, important buildings have been illuminated in blue for the greeting as part of the #lightitblue campaign which was organized by members of the event and entertainment sector as a way of thanking.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy was among the sports stars who took part in #ClapForOurCarers, sharing a video of himself cheering on NHS staff, while Premier League leaders Liverpool also paid tribute by describing health workers as “heroes”.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were among those who applauded the NHS as part of the Clap For Carers initiative.
A video of the three young applauding royalty was posted on Kensingtonroyal’s Instagram account.
The caption read: “To all the doctors, nurses, health assistants, general practitioners, pharmacists, volunteers and other SSN staff who work tirelessly to help people affected by # COVID19: thank you. #ClapForOurCarers #ClapForCarers #ThankYouNHS #ClapForNHS “
Star Wars actor John Boyega said it was “nice” to hear his neighbors take part in the round of applause for SSN workers.
He wrote on Twitter: “Hearing my neighbors shouting and applauding for the beautiful NHS.”
People on the port of Bristol stood on the balconies and windows to applaud and applaud while the bells of the nearby church rang at 20:00.
There was the sound of pots and pans clanging, just as triangles were hit and cars and boats honked.
Metropolitan Police tweeted: “We are very proud to have participated with #clapforNHS #clapforourcarers tonight.
“To each of our @NHSuk blue light colleagues, we would like to thank you very much!
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and their staff joined separately with applause at the Birkhall in Scotland.
Charles, who tested positive for the coronavirus, and Camilla are isolating themselves from each other and their small number of employees.
They also applauded at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh stay.
The filming of George, Charlotte and Louis was taken by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Applause, applause, sirens and horns were heard outside St Helier hospital in Carshalton in south London.
A taxi driver who stopped outside had decorated his car with the message: “Thank you SSN hero”.
Lorraine Carney, 49, and husband Paul, 51, were among a handful of people who applauded and applauded while spaced on a green across the street from the hospital.
Ms. Carney, who said the couple lived two streets away, told PA news agency: “I was quite excited.”
He added: “I had four children and when they were sick I was here and they helped us to the end.
“I had all my four children here and my four grandchildren were born here.”
Among those who joined the applause in Northern Ireland was the pastor who is recovering from the hospital after spending a week in intensive care with coronavirus.
Co Down’s father of three Mark McClurg posted a video of him clapping from his hospital bed, with oxygen lines attached to his nose.
“Thanks a lot, thanks to all the staff of the NHS,” he said.
“We love our SSN, we love all of you, thanks or saving our lives.”
Streets across the region echoed with the sound of cheers on Thursday evening and the landmark of Belfast City Hall was illuminated in NHS blue to mark the moment.
The queen said the country is “hugely grateful” for the efforts of all those working in the fields of science, health, emergency and public services, while the royal family joined Clap’s public performance for Carers.
In the message published on the official Instagram account of the royal family, the Queen said: “We are enormously grateful for the experience and commitment of our scientists, doctors and emergency and public services.”
The post contained a video of the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, who all applauded after Edward paid tribute to the workers.
He said, “So, from all of us, a huge thank you to so many of you who work on the front lines – you are really appreciated for continuing the fantastic work.”