Camilla: We just have to keep our fingers crossed we don’t see the second wave

Camilla: We just have to keep our fingers crossed we don't see a second wave

The Duchess of Cornwall has said everyone will have to keep their "fingers crossed" the country does not experience a second wave of coronavirus as she thanked frontline health and emergency workers for their efforts.

Camilla expressed her concerns as she met firefighters, medical staff and paramedics during her first solo public event since the lockdown, and heard their stories about working through Covid-19.

At the end of the visit to Swindon fire station, the duchess told the group: "Just before I go, I'd like to thank you for everything you've done throughout this pandemic – I don't know, we just have to keep our fingers crossed that we don't see the second wave.

"But I think it's lovely to see how everybody's working together."

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The Duchess of Cornwall, trying on a virtual reality headset.The headsets are worn by patients to calm them, showing a tranquil woodland scene. Alongside her are consultant Sheila Popert (centre), and patient Sonia Cox (right), during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
The Duchess of Cornwall trying on a virtual reality headset during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year. The headsets are worn by patients to calm them, showing a tranquil woodland scene.
The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Swindon Borough Council Office Gardens where she met with members of the council and representatives from the Live Well Hub, who have worked on and benefited from the council's services during the pandemic.
The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Swindon Borough Council Office Gardens where she met with members of the council and representatives from the Live Well Hub, who have worked on and benefited from the council's services during the pandemic.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets firefighters, staff from Great Western Hospital and paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service during a visit to Swindon Fire Station in Wiltshire.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets firefighters, staff from Great Western Hospital and paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service during a visit to Swindon Fire Station in Wiltshire.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets firefighters, staff from Great Western Hospital and paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service during a visit to Swindon Fire Station in Wiltshire.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets firefighters, staff from Great Western Hospital and paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service during a visit to Swindon Fire Station in Wiltshire.
The Duchess of Cornwall, receives a rose from brother and sister Aiden Stacey, 9, and Kasie-Louise Stacey (right), 15, helped by Prospect CEO Irene Watkins, during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
The Duchess of Cornwall, is helped by Prospect CEO Irene Watkins (right) to unveil a huge embroidered scene, during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
The Duchess of Cornwall, is helped by Prospect CEO Irene Watkins (right) to unveil a commemorative plaque, during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
The Duchess of Cornwall, meets staff, during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
The Duchess of Cornwall, chats with consultant Sheila Popert (centre), and patient Sonia Cox (right), during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, Swindon in celebration of their 40th anniversary year.
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The royal family has been returning to public duties as lockdown restrictions have eased and on Sunday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toasted the 72nd birthday of the NHS at a tea party in Norfolk for frontline workers.

Health and emergency service workers had gathered at the fire station to meet the duchess and Ben Ansell, chief fire officer of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, introduced her to local firefighters.

Camilla chatted to station manager Sam Legg-Bagg and praised the commitment of his crews, saying: "We couldn't have done without you – thank you very much."

Crews have been responding to call-outs throughout the pandemic, but firefighters trained in driving emergency vehicles and first aid have been relieving the pressure on paramedics by driving ambulances alongside a clinician.

Firefighters from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have driven ambulances in 716 of more than 3,000 incidents that South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has responded to.

During the visit, which was staged in the open air at the back of the fire station surrounded by engines, the duchess praised fire crews who changed roles to support paramedics, saying: "It's one of these things, everybody has pulled together, which is so important – I take my hat off to you all."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets meets police horses, Rebel (L) and Urbane (R) along with their riders, Officers Turnball and Goldstien during her visit to the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is greeted by a 'Guard of Honour' during her visit to the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in Stepney, East London, to commemorate its 80th anniversary on January 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets police horse, Urbane during her visit to the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall chats with wellwishers during her visit to the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is greeted during her visit to the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall holds a pair of Litter Pickers, given as gifts and engraved with the names of Princes William and Harry during her visit to the Malmesbury Residents Association on January 23, 2019 in London, England. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess attending a reception with members of the Malmesbury Residents Association and the local Age UK Lunch Club. (Photo by Roland Hoskins - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, cuts a cake with 9-year-old Sebastian during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library, where she learned about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project.
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literacy Trust, during her visit to the Lyndhurst Centre in Swindon, part of the Thames Valley adoption agency, where she met foster carers and children taking part in a storytelling activity.
The Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literacy Trust, arrives at the Lyndhurst Centre in Swindon, part of the Thames Valley adoption agency, where she met foster carers and children taking part in a storytelling activity.
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SWINDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literary Trust, during her visit to North Swindon Library on January 24, 2019 in Swindon, England. The Duchess of Cornwall learnt about the Trust's Swindon Hub and met children involved in the Lost Words project. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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