Queen to address the nation tonight

Carla Harmon
April 5, 2020

- I hope that in the years ahead we will be proud of how we responded to this challenge.

Her message was recorded at Windsor Castle the place the monarch is staying together with her husband Prince Philip, 98.

Although the Buckingham Palace statement gave few details about the broadcast according to BBC News the Queen will acknowledge the grief, pain and financial difficulties Britons are facing during this "time of disruption".

She will personally thank front-line NHS staff, care workers and others carrying out essential roles for their efforts, in what is expected to be a deeply personal message reflecting her experience in other hard times. Royal sources told how the Queen has kept a watchful eye on the situation, discussing in detail the Government response during her weekly meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "Those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any".

Other than her annual Christmas address, the Queen rarely makes public pronouncements of this kind. "That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country".

"No-one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her".

Earlier this week, the Queen's son and heir Prince Charles (71) came out of self-isolation himself after seven days following a positive test.

As a precaution, he officially opened by videolink a new 4,000-bed field hospital in east London which will treat the most seriously ill patients on Thursday. The location was chosen specifically because it allowed enough space between the monarch and the camera person, who wore personal protective equipment. She last made an unexpected televised address in 2002, on the eve of her mother's funeral.

She also broadcast a message in 1991 during the first Gulf War.

Advice from the Medical Household was followed at all times as, at age 93, the Queen is in the most vulnerable age group for Covid-19.

The most recent address by the Queen to the Commonwealth was to mark the Diamond Jubilee of her reign.

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