“The pride in who we are is not a part of our past it defines our present and our future“
In a rare televised speech, Queen Elizabeth of England addressed the nation about the Coronavirus epidemic. In the rare appearance, she fulfils her duty as a monarch to reassure the country in difficult times.
Highlights! The Queen urged self-discipline and resolve in these hard times.
- Queen Elizabeth thanked the NHS frontline, caregivers and her people
- The Queen recorded the message at her home, Windsor Castle
- Apart from the Queen’s Christmas message, this is the fourth time during her reign that she televised a message
The Queen’s Message
The Queen urged self-discipline and ‘good-humoured’ resolve in these hard times. She said, “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.” She acknowledged the disruption caused to life and financial difficulties being suffered by many.
She thanked everyone on the NHS frontline, the caregivers and who are carrying out essential roles. She also thanked the people for staying at home. Further adding,
“And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.”
The line is a clear reference to Britain’s WW 2 generation that battled Nazi’s and endured fascism.
Talking about the disruption caused by Coronavirus she said, “while we have faced many challenges this one is different. This time we join other nations across the globe in a common endeavour and success will be of us all.” She assures that we all may have more to suffer but ‘better days will return.’
Of Pain and Separation
At one point in her speech the Queen said, “Today, once 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 Monarch’s words subtly hinted to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Queen’s personal turn in the speech made people around the world emotional. The Royal Family social media page received tons of positive comments supporting the Queen’s words.
Queen Elizabeth recorded her coronavirus speech at Windsor Castle where she is in isolation with Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. The message was recorded with only one cameraman in protective gear while the supporting staff stayed in a separate room.
A couple of days ago the Royal office had released an official statement from the Queen saying, “We know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.”
A Rare Televised Message
Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning monarch has only four times addressed the nation like this. She shared an instance from her childhood during her speech. Next, she addressed the nation in a televised message during the Gulf War in 1919; in 1997 ahead of the funeral of Princess of Wales, Lady Diana and last time back in 2002 after the demise of Queen Mother, Elizabeth I.
The UK has recorded more than 47000 Coronavirus infections while the death toll has spiked over 4900.
The United Kingdom is in a soft lockdown and people are only allowed essential travel. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolated while he displayed COVID-19 symptoms. Given his mild fever last Friday, he announced an extended quarantine. His fiancé Carrie Symonds also displayed mild symptoms but is on a mend.