Prince Philip speaks out for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak to thank key workers

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Prince Philip has broken his silence during retirement to thank frontline workers battling against the COVID-19 crisis.

What did Prince Philip say?

In a statement released on the Royal Family's social media, Prince Philip thanked frontline staff.

He said, 'As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic.

'By those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.

'On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues.

'The staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.'

It's rare public statement from the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired in 2017.

He's currently at Windsor with the Queen, who is celebrating her 94th birthday today.

The duke was flown to the estate from Sandringham, where he has been staying, to be with his wife.

Her Majesty has cancelled her birthday tradition of gun salutes for the first time in 68 years due to the pandemic.

A Palace source said, 'Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances.'

The insider added that all of the changes are 'in line with Her Majesty’s wishes.'

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