Tomorrow evening, THE Queen will tell the nation that she will remember her courage with pride during the fight against coronaviruses.
The “deeply personal” 93-year-old television address at 8 p.m. is expected to be watched by approximately 32 million people.
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It comes as the death toll reached a new daily record after the deaths of 708 others in 24 hours, including a five-year-old child.
The British will see her pay homage to the strength of the country in this “increasingly difficult time” – with “huge changes in our daily lives.”
The monarch, whose son Prince Charles has been affected by the virus, will also offer support to these bereaved relatives.
As NHS heroes and other front-line workers attack the deadly virus, she will praise the country’s characteristic “self-discipline” and “cheerful resolution”.
And she promises that there will be better times ahead – when we can look back with pride to a generation “as strong as any” before it.
Royal aides say the speech, broadcast from Windsor Castle, will be based on “his experiences in other difficult times.”
This is the fifth time the Queen has chosen to address the nation outside of Christmas and comes when experts fear the coronavirus has yet to reach its peak.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said she has chosen the perfect time to address a nation that has been stranded for the past month.
Audience figures are expected to exceed the 27 million who listened to hear him order the national closure on March 23.
They could even break the British television audience record of 32.3 million people who watched England win the 1966 World Cup final.
“A TIME OF BREAKING”
The Queen, who was isolated with the 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, will say tomorrow: “I’m telling you about what I know is an increasingly difficult time.
“A period of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has caused grief to some, financial hardship to many and huge changes in the daily lives of all of us.”
His powerful message will include praise for those on the front lines of the NHS, social workers and others who play essential roles.
She will also thank those who follow official government directives for staying at home and protecting the vulnerable.
And it will show that she has full confidence in our ability to weather this unprecedented crisis.
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The Queen adds: “I hope that in the years to come, everyone can be proud of how they have taken up this challenge.
“And those who will succeed us will say that the British of this generation were as strong as the others.
“That the attributes of self-discipline, calm good humor and sympathy still characterize this country.”
The address will also be broadcast in 53 other Commonwealth countries as well as on royal family social media.
The Queen and Prince Philip were with skeleton staff to Windsor after leaving Buckingham Palace, where a footman tested positive for coronavirus.
Royal doctors were asked for medical advice before the film was shot last week.
Those who will succeed us will say that the British of this generation were as strong as anyone.
Aides chose the White Drawing Room to ensure that the queen – who is in a vulnerable age group – was at a safe distance from the crew.
Only one cameraman was allowed to communicate with all other technical staff via loudspeakers.
Sources claim that the idea for the address came from the Queen herself after discussing it with Prince Charles, who is recovering in the Scottish Highlands.
It is understood that there was no political pressure to make the speech, despite calls from some to address the nation sooner.
However, the Queen’s office discussed this with No10 and sent the Prime Minister a copy of the four-minute, 15-second speech.
His Majesty wrote it with the help of his private secretary, Sir Edward Young, it is understood.
A source said, “The TV address will show how important it is to stay at home and protect the vulnerable.
“It will reassure and inspire everyone by evoking the war spirit of” Keep calm and keep going. “
“It is a deeply personal message derived from personal experiences in other difficult times, but which points to better times to come.”
Traditionally, the Queen only addresses the nation on Christmas Day.
The other four previous times, she chose to speak on TV were at times of celebration or of national or personal crisis.
They included an address for Buckingham Palace – after mounting pressure – after the death of the Diana princes in 1997.
Then she said, “Since the terrible news last Sunday, we have seen all over Britain and the world an overwhelming expression of sadness at the death of Diana. “We have all tried our different ways of coping. “
Five years later, she thanked the nation for its kindness after the death of the Queen Mother.
She said, “The extent of the tribute that many of you have paid to my mother in the past few days has been overwhelming.
“I have been very comforted by so many individual acts of kindness and respect.”
She added: “Thank you for the support you have given me and my family as we come to terms with her death and the emptiness she left among us.
“I also thank you very much for the love you have given him in his life and the honor you now give him in death.”
“RAISE THE SPIRITS OF THE NATION”
Meanwhile, Johnson hailed the Queen’s latest speech as the perfect way to cheer up the nation.
They spoke regularly throughout the crisis – while details of the Sunday night TV address were leaked in interviews between attendees at No10 and Buckingham Palace.
A senior Downing Street official said, “The Queen is the best judge to speak in the country and we absolutely agree that this is the right time.
“Now is the time.
“The Prime Minister and His Majesty have spoken regularly and No10 and Buckingham Palace have spoken throughout the address.
“We have asked the country to make huge sacrifices and life is very difficult right now for a lot of people.
“Hearing Her Majesty the Queen right now is an important way to help boost the nation’s morale.”
No10 said the country needed a recovery after almost two weeks of “very restrictive measures” and an increasing number of deaths.
The official also reiterated the need to follow directions despite the hot sun.
He said, “We are asking people to stay inside, not to live their lives in the usual way.
“Unfortunately, we have also seen a significant number of deaths in the past week.
“The indications are that people always follow these rules.
“There has been a slight increase in car trips, but all the other measures continue to be in the right place.
Sunday says the sun
The Queen’s televised address on Sunday evening will be one of the most important she has ever given.
A nation grappling with this crisis needs healing words and supreme inspiration.
From what we have seen from her words so far, she will not disappoint.
She will say to her people, “Those who will succeed us will say that the British of this generation were as strong as anyone.”
What a moving tribute to the heroes of the NHS and to all those who suffer from tragedies and who make sacrifices during this ordeal.
By the time she finishes, there will be no dry eyes in the house.
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“But listen, we are in two weeks. The weather is good outside, we need people to stick to it.
“There will of course be the temptation for people to want to go out, but we really can’t stress enough that if you ignore the guidelines, the risk of infecting someone and ultimately lost lives is great . We really need people to stay. We know it’s difficult.
“We are grateful for the efforts people are making, but we really cannot afford people to start giving it up now.” We are at an absolutely crucial point. “
1991: start of the Gulf War
Gave an address 40 seconds after the invasion of Iraq. Said the nation was “proud” of its forces and asked the public to pray for “quick victory and lasting peace”.
1997: Death of Princess Diana
Spoke after criticism during days of silence. Greet Diana as “an exceptional and gifted human being” and “admire her dedication to her two boys”.
2002: Death of the queen mother
She said she had “taken great comfort” from the “overwhelming” tributes. She added, “My family and I always knew what they meant for this country. “
2012: year of the diamond jubilee
Viewers said the festivities had been “a humiliating experience,” adding that she had been “deeply touched” by seeing so many people celebrating together.
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