Posted on April 2020 By James Southwell
At such a difficult and saddening moment in history the Queen wants us to remember that, although we may be alone right now abiding by the social distancing rules, we are in this together and when the time is right "we will meet again."
This is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's fifth time ever addressing the nation, previous times include the Gulf War 1991, Death of Princess Diana 1997, Death of the Queen Mother 2002, Diamond Jubilee 2012, and the Coronavirus pandemic last night 2020.
Speaking from inside Windsor Castle, she began her speech with an acknowledgement of how 'challenging' this is on the country and her gratitude for those battling the virus by saying "I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline, 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."
The monarch, having lived through the second world war, then went on to recognise that there'll come a time where we can look back at this and adding "everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."
She also reflected on a moment during the war in 1940, when accompanied by her sister, they made their very first broadcast at the same location, she said "We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety."
Before finally finishing, the Queen relayed a reminder to us all by ending with "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."
Shortly after Her Majesty's broadcast finished, it announced the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been admitted to the hospital over coronavirus symptoms. It was revealed last month that he was in self-isolation due to testing positive, a Downing Street spokesperson confirmed yesterday that his symptoms have been persistent and that this is just a precautionary step.
With the number of cases within the UK hitting 47,806 and death toll rising to 4,934, now is a time where not just the British public, but everyone across the world will need to unite and work alongside one another to beat this thing, and we should look at the act of the Queen's speech as a way of understanding the magnitude of this situation.
Here's the full speech, courtesy of The Telegraph:
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