‘We Will Meet Again’: The Queen Delivers a Heartfelt Address
The Queen addressed the nation in a rare speech on Sunday night, acknowledging the grief and financial hardships Britons are facing and promising: “We will meet again.”
Speaking from Windsor Castle, outside London, the Queen paid tribute to front-line workers and urged everyone to follow advice to stay at home.
She said the “painful sense of separation from their loved ones” that social distancing was causing for people reminded her of the experience child evacuees had during the Second war .
“Now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do,” she said, stressing the value of self-discipline and resolve.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we’ll be with our friends again; we’ll be with our families again; we will meet again.”
She said: ‘I am chatting with you at what i do know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption within the lifetime of our country: an interruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to several , and massive changes to the daily lives of us all.
The extraordinary intervention is only the fifth time she has addressed the nation during her 67-year reign and comes as the UK death toll from the pandemic neared 5,000, with 621 new deaths.
“I also want to thank those of you who are staying reception , thereby helping to guard the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those that have lost loved ones,” she said.
“Together we are tackling this disease, and that i want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we’ll overcome it.”
The 93-year-old monarch delivered a rare televised address to Britain and the Commonwealth on Monday, urging the public to remain ‘united and resolute’ in the fight against COVID-19. The Queen spoke from Windsor Castle where she is in isolation with her husband Prince Philip, 98.
In an unprecedented move, a sole cameraman was permitted to enter the White Drawing Room in Windsor Castle wearing latex gloves and a surgical mask, standing more than the regulatory two meters away from the elderly monarch. She invoked the spirit of World War II as she spoke to the British public, saying they would overcome the outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation.
Boris Johnson Hospitalized
Soon after Queen Elizabeth’s rare speech, the government said the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is infected with coronavirus earlier, had been admitted for tests.
PM Boris Johnson was hospitalized on Sunday evening after 10 days of battling the coronavirus. The British government said that Mr. Johnson would be undergoing tests which he would still perform his duties.
The British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, is predicted to steer the daily cabinet meeting on the pandemic on Monday. Under the government’s succession plan, Mr. Raab would take up Mr. Johnson’s duties if he is incapacitated.