The Queen has awarded the George Cross to the NHS as the health service marks its 73rd anniversary on Monday. In a personal message, the Queen said NHS staff across the UK had worked “with courage, compassion and dedication” for more than 70 years. Neil and Catherine talk about the vocabulary from this story so you can talk about it too.

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:28 – Story
1:44 – Headline 1: Queen Elizabeth honours Britain’s health service for pandemic work (Reuters)
4:08​​ – Headline 2: NHS gets George Cross: Queen awards medal to ALL staff and praises Covid heroes for frontline effort. (Mail Online)
7:40 – Headline 3: Queen gives ‘courageous’ and ‘dedicated’ NHS the George Cross as William and Kate mark its 73rd birthday (Sky News)
10:48 – Language summary

The story:
Queen Elizabeth has awarded one of Britain’s highest honours, the George Cross, to the National Health Service. In a handwritten message, the Queen praised the courage, compassion and dedication of NHS staff since the publicly funded service was set up in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Key words and phrases:
shows respect, often by giving an award

Countries often honour members of the military for their bravery.
I felt honoured to be chosen to play for my country.

describes someone with a leading role in an activity

Frontline workers have risked their lives during the pandemic.
It’s vital that frontline staff leave a good impression with customers.

celebrate or show respect to something

People often mark the anniversary of the end of wars with a minute’s silence.
How should we mark our 50th wedding anniversary? We should do something really special.

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