July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history. It was the day our pioneering NHS was born, bringing free healthcare to everyone.
We have treasured it ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives.
The Royal Family has celebrated the 73rd anniversary with the award of the George Cross and a cathedral service. The George Cross, instituted by King George VI in 1940 during the height of the Blitz in World War Two, is awarded for "acts of the greatest heroism or of the most courage in circumstances of extreme danger".
And, in a personal message, the Queen said NHS staff across the UK had worked "with courage, compassion and dedication" for more than 70 years.