In a rare occasion in the history of the United Kingdom, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II made a televised address recorded with a solo camera operator, who was wearing gloves and a mask, at Windsor Castle in the White Drawing room.
The address was aired on Sunday the 5th of April 2020, and it was a heart-warming speech to reinvigorate the efforts of all British citizens in their fight and struggles against the Coronavirus as well as keep their faith strong amidst such tough times.
In the speech the Queen said, “I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times,” she added. “I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones.”
“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” she said as she emphasized the need for all to remain together and united against the virus. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country.”
She further added, “The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future. The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit, and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children. Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort. And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.”
The Queen also made reference to a time in the history of the kingdom when she also made such broadcast as she said, “It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. 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.”
As the televised speech came to a close, she added, “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different, this time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, 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.” “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again,” she said. “But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”
This address is one of the few she has made in all through her 68-years of reign. The speech not only gave more hope to the people and strengthened their resolves and beliefs concerning the fight against the virus, but it also assured all that the Queen is in good health and is continuing her work as she too has been working from home from Windsor palace.
She had formerly addressed the nation in a written document as herself and Prince Phillip reached Windsor palace in an address that wrote, “As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty. We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them. At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal. We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.”
Despite being in the palace, Her Majesty has continued with her work and kept her activities as she would usually, except that most are now indoors due to the situation on the ground.