Kate Middleton said the country is "indebted" to heroic key workers and NHS frontline staff as "their hard work still goes on".

In a preview clip ahead of tonight's Pride of Britain Awards, the royal couple present representatives of the whole of the NHS with a special recognition award.

They made a special visit to Britain's oldest hospital, London's St Bartholomew's, founded almost 900 years ago to present the award for tonight's Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, on ITV at 9pm.

The preview video sees Kate wearing a blue blouse covered with small rainbows in a subtle tribute to the NHS.

Standing alongside Prince William, she says: "During the lockdown, we joined people up and down the country to applaud the NHS and key workers each week. Their hard work still goes on and we remain indebted to them for all they do."

In the newly-released clip, Prince William adds: "It is fitting that we are here today at Britain's oldest hospital to thank and celebrate our NHS staff and to honour them with a Pride of Britain award."

Viewers will see the royal couple introduced to six NHS representatives by TV presenter Kate Garraway in the footage airing this evening.

Kate's husband Derek has been in intensive care for seven months after contracting coronavirus.

Addressing the TV cameras, Prince William says: "The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us as a nation of how much we owe to the thousands of NHS workers who have gone far beyond the call of duty this year.

"They have worked tirelessly around the clock, with humility and compassion, in the most challenging of circumstances, putting their own lives on the line to help others."

The six frontline NHS heroes representing the nation's health service were (from Barts Health Trust) Keisha Mills, an intensive care matron, Marion Jones, a health care assistant, and Dr Simon Finney, an intensive care consultant, and (from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust) Heder Lopes Landim, a porter at Barnet Hospital; Martha Sarpong, an ITU support nurse, and Charlotte Greenfield, a critical care physio.

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The royal presentation is part of tonight's Pride of Britain Awards hosted by Carol Vorderman.

Prince Charles will take part to celebrate 20 years of the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever award.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds will make their first TV appearance together on the show to thank the NHS for their work and for saving his life after he contracted Covid-19.

Showbiz stars honouring the heroes include Ant and Dec, Stephen Fry, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Trevor McDonald, Michael Sheen, Holly Willoughby and Taylor Swift.

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, is broadcast tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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