Meet the Mount Isa nurses who had an audience with the Queen

Members of the royal family conduct the video conference.
Members of the royal family conduct the video conference.

In honour of International Nurses Day the Queen - and other members of the royal family - spoke to nurses across the world.

Included in the select online gathering were three nurses from Mount Isa's Indigenous health agency, Gidgee Healing.

Her Majesty was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra who took part in the tributes.to frontline health heroes across the UK and Commonwealth.

Sophie Countess of Wessex interviewed health professionals from across the world including India, Malawi, Cyprus, the Bahamas and Sierra Leone, as well as three staff at Gidgee Healing in Queensland's north-west.

Gidgee Healing CEO Renee Blackman, Tahnia Ah-Kit and Leeona West had their big moment talking to the Royal Family about COVID-19.

Gidgee Healing CEO Renee Blackman, Tahnia Ah-Kit and Leeona West had their big moment talking to the Royal Family about COVID-19.

Gidgee Healing CEO Renee Blackman, Tahnia Ah-Kit and Leeona West had their big moment talking to the Royal Family about COVID-19.

They said emergency services had set up protocols and guidelines to deal with the pandemic.

When Sophie said the world was grateful, they replied: "We are feeling the love".

Prince Charles thanked nurses for their "diligence" and "courage" while Camilla said: "Extraordinary times call for extraordinary people."

At the beginning of the video, the Queen is heard speaking to Professor Kathleen McCourt, president of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation.

The Queen says: "This is rather an important day... because obviously they've [nurses] had a very important part to play recently."

It was the International Council of Nurses that invited Gidgee Healing to the broadcast.

"We were very much surprised to be invited, we didn't know the royals would be involved," Ms Blackman said.

"We were so nervous we thought the call was the day before and got up at midnight, but that's okay we had a good dummy run!"

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