‘We will overcome’: Queen Elizabeth delivers rare broadcast to the nation

Carla Harmon
April 8, 2020

"We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us", Queen Elizabeth said. This time we joined forces with all countries on the planet, using the great achievements of science and our natural sympathy for healing.

She also thanked key workers, saying "every hour" of work "brings us closer to a return to more normal times". Who else but Dame Vera Lynn could the Queen have evoked at the end, when she said we will meet again?

Identical to when the nation was at struggle, Queen Elizabeth instructed her topics that they have to stay united and resolute through the pandemic, after which "we are going to overcome it".

After the Queen failed to make an initial statement following the death of Princess Diana in 1997, she finally made a televised broadcast a day before her funeral.


The Queen spoke about the coronavirus pandemic during a televised broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on Sunday night.

In a statement, the Forces Sweetheart said: "The words of "We'll Meet Again" are just as important now as they were then and always will be".

The queen warned the situation could persist but said the outbreak would be defeated through a collective effort in a "common endeavour", including through scientific cooperation.

The speech - filmed last week at Windsor Castle - was only the fifth time the 93-year-old monarch has made such a broadcast.


"Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones". The Queen never mentioned her eldest son, Prince Charles (71), who appears to be recovering from the virus, or British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who's been admitted to hospital then put in an ICU.

The Queen has been self-isolating in Windsor Castle, which is where she also addressed the British public as a cameraperson in protectivegear recorded it. "I'm hoping that in the next few years, everyone is proud of and will look back on their responses to these challenges". It was during World War II, when she was a teenager, and she spoke alongside her younger sister, Princess Margaret. "That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country", she said.

The song became an anthem for Britons during the Second World War as many were separated from their loved ones.

"I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time", the Queen said on Sunday. She says that we should always take consolation in the truth that higher days will return and we might be with our associates and households once more, however within the meantime we nonetheless have extra to endure.


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