Memorial to Covid-19 Key Workers

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The National Memorial Arboretum, part of the Royal British Legion, joins the Nation, the Commonwealth and the rest of the World in mourning the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a Life Member of the Royal British Legion and he was gracious and generous in his support of the National Memorial Arboretum over many years.


As the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance we are proud to be home to nearly 400 memorials each representing the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes, including, but not limited to, Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the emergency services, civilian charities and associations, and individuals who have risked their lives or given all for our country.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a national crisis on a scale not seen since the Second World War. Its far-reaching consequences have touched the lives of whole cities, whole communities, whole families and, for some, left very painful consequences that will remain for a long time. The crisis has also reinforced to all the importance of the NHS, our essential workers and the community spirit which has helped us to carry on and work through these worrying times.

There are several criteria for placing a memorial at the Arboretum and each application must demonstrate that those remembered by a memorial have suffered or made sacrifices for others.

Whilst these criteria would mean we could not accept a memorial for those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease, it is our belief that the service and sacrifice of our NHS and our key workers could be recognised with a memorial within our grounds. We will, therefore, when appropriate, advise Her Majesty’s Government of the demand we have experienced with regards to a permanent memorial within our grounds, and liaise with the correct department on how progress can be made.

As and when we are able to update on any progress made, we will do so via our website and social media channels. You can also sign up to receive our monthly emails to hear our news. 

It is important to note that the National Memorial Arboretum does not commission or install any memorials and therefore we would not progress the development of a memorial without a formal application and funding for the memorial to be installed and maintained in perpetuity.