Queen Elizabeth is assuring the United Kingdom.
The 93-year-old monarch made a rare television address on Sunday evening (April 6) to speak to the nation amid the ongoing pandemic.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all. I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly carry out day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. What you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to normal times,” she said.
“Together we are tackling this disease. If we remain united and resolute, we will overcome it…the pride in who we are is not a part of our past; it defines our present and our future. The moments when the U.K. has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as a symbol of our national spirit,” she went on to say.
She also said that self-isolation offers the “opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect,” reminding her of “the very first broadcast I made in 1940,” when she and her younger sister Princess Margaret spoke at Windsor Castle on the radio.
“Today, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loves ones. But it’s the right thing to do…we will succeed and that success will belong to every one of us. We should take comfort that while we have more to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”
The address comes after news broke that this annual royal event was canceled.
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