The Queen has delivered a historic, stirring address to the nation during the coronavirus lockdown. Invoking wartime spirit, the 93-year-old monarch told Britons “we will succeed”, adding that “better days will return”.
In the extraordinary televised speech, only the fourth the Queen has given during times of crisis or grief, she thanked NHS staff and key workers, while emphasising the important role individuals can play.
Recalling the first address she made at just 14 years old in 1940 to wartime evacuees, she said: “Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”
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Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.