Coronavirus: Queen to urge 'self-discipline and resolve'

05 Avril, 2020, 16:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Queen Elizabeth II to Address Virus Crisis in Special TV Broadcast

It is only the fifth time the 93-year-old monarch has made a broadcast other than her annual Christmas address.

It comes as daily deaths in Britain hit a record high of 708, including a five-year-old child on Saturday, taking the overall toll to 4,313 - and as the country prepared for a third week of lockdown.

The Queen is also expected to commend and thank National Health Service staff and other key workers who have demonstrated their value in tackling the disruption brought on by the pandemic.

Some 750,000 people responded to his call for volunteers to support the state-run National Health Service (NHS), the elderly and vulnerable now in self-isolation.

Nearly 20 years ago now, Her Majesty's last address is a distant memory for those who were around to see it, and many young people have never seen a special address like the one scheduled for Sunday night.

Reflecting on how the nation has reacted to the pandemic, she will say: "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge".

"None of us can say when this will end, but end it will".

"That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country".

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The Queen, who at 93 is in semi-self isolation at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh, has filmed a broadcast message meant to reassure and rally the nation through the current crisis.

Prince William was the first member of the British Royal Family to publicly speak about the global health crisis, something royal experts like Katie Nicholl say is very significant.

A total of 38,168 people have tested positive as of 0800 GMT on Friday, including her eldest son and heir Prince Charles, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. She will remain there for the Easter period as a precaution.

Have any of the Royal Family contracted coronavirus?

Buckingham Palace said social distancing measures were observed during the recording process to mitigate any risk to the Queen and others. The other three previous speeches to be aired came after the Queen Mother's death in 2002, ahead of Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral in 1997 and about the First Gulf War in 1991.

In a rare speech, she will acknowledge the grief, pain and financial difficulties Britons are facing during this "time of disruption".

The last was in 2012 following celebrations to mark her 60th year as Queen.

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