Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II made a special televised address to residents of the UK and Commonwealth countries and thanked everyone who adheres to the recommendations of the authorities and remains at home.
On the evening of April 5, Queen Elizabeth II made a special televised address to residents of Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is published on the royal family’s Facebook.
Elizabeth II thanked everyone who adheres to the recommendations of the authorities and remains at home, and praised those who help others.
“I’m talking to you in an extremely difficult time. The time when the normal life of our entire country has been disrupted: for some it has turned into grief, for many there have been financial difficulties, and colossal changes in the usual way of life have affected us all,” said 93 year old queen.
She expressed the hope that in the future “she will be able to be proud of how we met these difficulties.”
“And those who come after us will say that this generation of Britons is as strong as the rest … Traits such as self-discipline, calm life-affirming determination and sympathy for one’s neighbor are still the main ones in our country,” – stressed the queen.
She said that the “painful feeling of separation from her loved ones,” caused by social distancing, reminded her of the experiences of evacuated children during World War II.
“Now, as then, deep down we know that it’s right … We must be comforted by the fact that although we still have to endure a lot of difficulties, better days will come back. We will be back with our friends, with our families, we will again see you ” – she said.
Television filming took place at the end of March at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, where the queen moved to self-isolation. The video was recorded by one operator in a protective suit. The film crew was at that time in the next room.
According to the BBC, the decision to record the appeal was made in consultation with the Prime Minister’s Office. This is the queen’s fifth such speech over an almost 68-year reign. She previously recorded such appeals in 1991 in connection with the start of the military campaign in Iraq, in 1997 after the death of Princess Diana, in 2002 after the death of her mother and in 2012 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of her tenure.
According to official data, on April 5, in the UK 195 524 people were tested for coronavirus, 47 806 of them, the test was positive. 4934 patients died from the infection.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University on April 6, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 1.27 million, of which almost 262 thousand recovered, 69,498 died.