By Becca Longmire.

The Queen honoured the U.K.’s National Health Services’ leaders and healthcare workers during a special ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

Her Majesty awarded Britain’s health service with the prestigious George Cross, praising everybody who has helped throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among those in attendance was May Parsons, who delivered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine to Margaret Keenan on December 8, 2020.

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Parsons joined frontline workers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland at the event, which Prince Charles also attended.

The Queen joked to Parsons, “You’re still alive?” according to the Daily Mail.

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The nurse told the Queen: “We’re terribly, terribly proud of the vaccination roll-out, it was so successful,” to which the royal responded, “Yes it was amazing.”

As NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard mentioned the millions of people who had been jabbed, the Queen said it was “tremendous.”

It was first announced that the NHS would be receiving the George Cross honour in July 2021.


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