Queen to make rare broadcast to rally nation

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2020

She also gave an address at the start of the Gulf War in 1991, and most famously, delivered a sombre live broadcast after the death of her daughter-in-law Princess Diana in a Paris auto crash in 1997 amid a national outpouring of grief and criticism of the royal family's response.

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".

In a historic televised address, the 93-year-old monarch urges everyone to pull together to help the vulnerable.

The Queen has pre-recorded the address at Windsor castle, where she is self-isolating, but what should we expect from her speech?

Speaking from Buckingham Palace and against a backdrop of a view of the crowds of mourners outside, the Queen, dressed in black, said she was speaking from her heart as both the nation's Queen and as a grandmother.

However, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Her Majesty is in good health. It will go out to millions around the country and the Commonwealth on television and radio at 8 pm and could be the most-watched and listened-to broadcast in British history.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is still in self-isolation, and a number of senior ministers have been among those who have tested positive for the virus. That came a decade after the preceding broadcast which followed the death of her mother, the Queen Mother, in 2002 when she thanked Britons for their messages of condolence.

The message was filmed by a single cameraman wearing protective equipment, with all the other technical staff in another room.

"It was never in doubt that she would address the nation, even in the face of such an invisible invader that could even breach Windsor Castle walls".

The broadcast will be the fourth of its kind in the Queen's 68-year reign.

Earlier this week, he spoke out to offer the country words of encouragement.

Advice was sought by the Queen's medical household over how best to mitigate the risk to her and others during the recording.

She is one of the few people still alive who can remember life during World War II. The Queen's son, the Prince Of Wales, last week came out of self-isolation following his diagnosis for the illness. Both Charles, 71, and Prince William, 37, have made public statements concerning the virus as Britain looks set to be on lockdown for three months.

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