Britain honours health service for pandemic work

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was in attendance, although without his wife, Kate, who was self-isolating after contact with someone who had tested positive to COVID-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, newly-installed health minister Sajid Javid, and opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer also paid their respects to the state-run health service.

Prince William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, earlier awarded the NHS the George Cross - the highest civilian gallantry award - in recognition of its 73 years of dedicated service, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The honor has only been bestowed collectively twice before, and only once by the queen.

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