More than 24 million people watched Queen Elizabeth II offering support to Great Britain and beyond with a special TV broadcast on Sunday April 5.
She assured her ‘coronavirus locked-down nation’ that it would rise to the challenge and overcome the outbreak. The vibrant 93-year-old monarch acknowledged the difficulties that many families are experiencing because of the Covid-19 crisis.
There are more than 170,000 people in the UK who have contracted the virus and it has caused more than 26,000 deaths in the last few weeks. And this does not include those who have died in residential care homes. The Queen spoke of the need for resolve at this time of crisis.
She said: “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.”
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The Queen addresses the nation and the Commonwealth every Christmas Day, however she has only given a special TV broadcast like this one on three other occasions – in 1991, at the time of the Gulf War, in 1997 prior to Princess Diana’s funeral and in 2002 after the Queen Mother’s death.
The Queen thanked and paid homage to everyone who was working in the NHS and other essential services. And she also lauded everyone who was sticking to the terms of the lockdown by staying at home to stop the virus spreading.
Comparing the crisis to the time of the World War II, she said: “Today, again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones, but now, as then, we know deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”
The Queen particularly thanked all the key workers involved in playing their part to defeating the virus and said: “Every hour [of effort] brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”
Like only she can, The Queen inspired the whole nation when she said: “We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”
The speech was recorded at Windsor Castle where the Queen and her husband, 98-year-old Prince Philip, are residing in isolation during the duration of the outbreak. Her encouragement was both timely and much needed.
She also used the words of the song which Dame Vera Lynn sang during World War II to encourage the British soldiers who were serving and battling abroad: “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”[/swpm_protected]
This article was taken from the Spring 2020 digital issue of New Life Newspaper.