Queen Elizabeth II has delivered a historic address on the coronavirus pandemic from Windsor Castle in which she reassured the United Kingdom and the world that “better days will return”.
Her Majesty called on the “self-discipline, good-humoured resolve and a fellow feeling” of the British people to get through the COVID-19 crisis.
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“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 are as strong as any.”
In just the fifth special address of her reign, the Queen also applauded the UK’s National Health Service and essential workers “who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all.”
“What you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times,” she said.
“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.
“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.”
The 93-year-old monarch called on her memory of her first national broadcast made in 1940 with her sister, Princess Margaret, in acknowledging the difficulty of the current self-isolation advice in place around the world.
“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,” Her Majesty said.
“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 everyone one of us.
“We should take comfort that while we 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.”
In the United Kingdom, more than 47,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 while almost 5000 people have been killed. Worldwide, the death toll has now surpassed 68,000.
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