QUEEN Elizabeth is to say that Britain is “as strong as any” in her historic address to the nation tonight.
In a televised message to be broadcast on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky1 at 8pm on Sunday evening, the Queen will urge Brits to follow rules to save lives and protect the NHS.
Britian’s much loved monarch will also recognise the pain felt by many families living through 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 difficult times.
The Queen will say in her address to the country and Commonwealth: “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.
“And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.
“That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet, good-humoured resolve and of fellow feeling still characterise this country.”
She will acknowledge the “grief” some have experienced, the “financial difficulties” many face, and the “enormous changes” the country is enduring, after almost two weeks of lockdown to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
With hundreds of thousands answering the call for NHS volunteers and others supporting vulnerable people in their communities, the monarch will say she hopes in the future everyone will be able to feel “pride” in how they rose to the challenge.
Commenting on the difficulties facing the nation, the Queen, 93, will say: “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.”
STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES
In reference to the warm weather, the Queen will thank those who are following the official guidance to stay at home to protect the vulnerable.
The televised address will be a rare event, with the head of state only making three previous appearances during troubled times.
Speeches were broadcast after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, ahead of Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997, and about the first Gulf War in 1991.
It was recorded at Windsor Castle under special circumstances after specific advice from the Medical Household was sought, and followed, to mitigate any risk to the Queen and others.
The castle’s White Drawing Room was specifically chosen so an appropriate distance could be maintained between the Queen and the other occupant – a cameraman wearing personal protective equipment.
The Queen has been staying at her Berkshire home of Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh since March 19, arriving earlier than normal for the Easter period as a precaution amid the pandemic.
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BRITAIN’s death toll hit an eyewatering 4,313 last night with 708 more deaths.
The rise was up from 3,605 the day before and included a five-year-old child who died from the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove have urged Britons to follow social distancing rules despite the warm weather, but some parks closed on Saturday as too many people flouted the advice to stay at home.
Mr Gove said seven healthcare professionals have now lost their lives during the coronavirus outbreak as he urged people to stay inside over the weekend to ensure their sacrifice had not been in vain.
Boris’ wife to be Carrie Symonds who is pregnant, said she had spent the last week in bed suffering coronavirus symptoms, but was “on the mend”.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England’s national medical director, warned that while new cases of coronavirus appear to have stabilised, now is not the time to “take our foot off the pedal”.
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NEWLY-elected Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the Government of making “serious mistakes” in its response to the coronavirus crisis, but pledged to engage “constructively” with ministers.