Tonight, the Queen urged the nation, the Commonwealth and the world to unite in the war against the coronaviruses – and within minutes, she seemed to have achieved her goal.
Moments after the historic address was broadcast on screens around the world, the British from top to bottom gathered to admire the 93-year-old monarch.
The new head of the Labor party, Sir Keir Starmer, was among the public figures to pay tribute to the head of state.
Using words from his speech, he tweeted: “Pride of who we are is not part of our past, it defines our present and our future. ”
“The Queen speaks on behalf of the whole country and our determination to defeat the coronavirus. “
Meanwhile, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, hailed his focus on front-line health care and key workers.
He tweeted: “The moments when the UK came together to applaud our care and our essential workers will be remembered as the expression of our national spirit.
“It’s great to see our hard-working heroes, working face down on the front line, in the center of #QueensSpeech. “
In the east of the city, staff at the new NHS Nightingale hospital were photographed standing with close attention as they watched the televised speech.
And in Hampstead, Councilor Oliver Cooper wrote: “There is, quite simply, no one who could have given this address, and no one who could have joined the country, the Commonwealth and the world as the Queen did . GSTQ. “
Further north, Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the speech surprised her.
“The Queen’s quiet resolve on how we are going to look at the other side and” see each other again “was reassuring, I thought,” she wrote.
“I didn’t know I needed to hear this, but it turns out that I did. “
Beyond the political realm, television personality Jeremy Clarkson joined in the praise, simply writing, “God I love Mrs. Queen. “
BBC presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell was enthusiastic and wrote: “Long live the Queen! I found this speech wonderful. “
The post also traveled abroad, with Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness writing “Watching the queens speech” alongside a melancholy gif.
In her rare televised address, the Queen made a positive note after what was a troubling period, saying, “We will succeed – and that success will belong to each of us. “