Queen Elizabeth II has given a rare public address urging the people of the U.K. and Commonwealth to remain “unified and resolute” in the face of the Coronavirus crisis.
The 93-year-old monarch reassured folks that “better days will return” as she acknowledged that we’re living through “a time of disruption” which has “brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
She also acknowledged that the fight to beat COVID-19 is a truly global one. “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different,” she said. “This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor. Using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal, we will succeed, and that success will belong to every one of us.”
She concluded her address with a reference to “We’ll Meet Again,” a song performed by Dame Vera Lynn, the U.K.’s “Forces’ Sweetheart,” which became enormously popular during the Second World War.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” the Queen said. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”
As well as being shown on U.K. TV networks on Sunday night including BBC One, Queen Elizabeth II’s address was shown in the U.S. on BBC America and on the Royal Family’s Instagram channel. You can watch the full address below.
Her Majesty The Queen's special broadcast in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak was broadcast this afternoon on BBC America. It was just the fifth time in the Queen’s 68 year reign that she has delivered a special address to the nation.
Posted by BBC America on Sunday, April 5, 2020
Queen Elizabeth II’s Sunday night broadcast marked only the fifth time in her 68-year reign that she has addressed the public outside of her traditional Christmas Day message. The other occasions were during the Gulf War in 1991, after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, after the death of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 2002, and during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations commemorating her 60 years on the throne in 2012.
She previously released a written statement concerning Coronavirus, acknowledging that people were “entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.”
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