Queen Elizabeth II thanked frontline health workers in the fight against the coronavirus and told the British they would overcome the epidemic if they remained resolute in the face of isolation and self-isolation.
In just the fifth television address in her 68-year reign, Elizabeth Sunday called on British citizens to show the resolve of their ancestors.
“Together we are fighting this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we stay united and resolute, we will defeat it,” said the 93-year-old monarch at the address of her house in Windsor Castle, where she resides. . with her husband Prince Philip, 98 years old.
“Although we have already faced challenges, this one is different. This time, we join all the nations of the world in a common effort, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to each of us. “
The show came hours after officials said the number of deaths from the virus in the UK had increased by 621 in the past 24 hours to 4,934, with a still high death rate scheduled for next week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among those who have self-isolated after testing positive for COVID-19, and the Queen’s own son and heir, Prince Charles, 71, has recovered from suffering from mild symptoms of the virus.
Like many European countries, the UK is in a virtual lockdown state, with people being asked to stay at home unless it is essential to leave. Health Minister Matt Hancock said even tougher rules could be imposed if current rules to curb the spread of the virus are flouted.
Second World War Spirit
Elizabeth thanked those who stayed at home, helping to spare others the suffering already felt by some families.
She also paid tribute to health workers for their selfless work and praised the “comforting” stories of people across the Commonwealth, of which she is the head, and beyond for providing food and medicine to those who needed it.
Sunday’s speech was an extremely rare event, as the Queen generally speaks to the nation only in her annual Christmas television message.
To ensure that any risk to the elderly monarch herself was mitigated, he was filmed in a large room to ensure a safe distance between her and the cameraman, who was wearing gloves and a mask and was the only other person present .
Elizabeth said the situation reminded her of her very first broadcast in 1940, when she and her late sister Margaret told children about Windsor who had been evacuated from their homes to escape the bombing of German Nazi planes.
She said that in the future, people could be proud of how they too had faced such a challenge and such a disruption in their lives.
“Those who will follow us will say that the British of this generation were as strong as the rest,” she said. “That the attributes of self-discipline, quiet good humor and sympathy still characterize this country. Pride of who we are is not part of our past, it defines our present and our future. “
She even invoked the words of the famous song, We Meet Meet Again, by Vera Lynn of the Second World War, which became a symbol of hope for the British during the conflict.
“We should be reassured that even if we have more to endure, better days will return,” she said. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we’ll see each other again. “