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Monday, 20 May 2024 – 23:02

Her Majesty The Queen delivers special address to UK amid Coronavirus pandemic

Her Majesty The Queen has delivered a special address to the United Kingdom amid the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

In a pre-recorded message from Windsor that was broadcast on Sunday evening, Her Majesty said the UK ‘will succeed’ in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic but may have ‘more still to endure’.

The Queen also thanked “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.” She thanked people for following rules set by the government to stay at home and praised people for coming together to help others.

The Queen said, “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different”. She added;

“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.”

Her Majetsy, who is currently 93 years old, said that “painful sense of separation from their loved ones” caused by social distancing reminded her of the experience of child evacuees during the Second World War.

You can watch the full address below.


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The rare address to the nation came as the number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for COVID-19 nears 5,000. The message was broadcast on TV, radio and social media, and was just the fifth time the monarch has given a special address in her 68-year reign.

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