Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain compared the coronavirus epidemic with the lessons of World War II. The ruling monarch spoke about it on Sunday, April 5, in her special televised address to the British and Commonwealth countries. The statement was broadcast by the BBC.
The Queen read the address from a large room at Windsor Palace, where she was the only one wearing a cameraman in a special protective suit with a mask and gloves.
Elizabeth II, 93, noted that the current situation reminded her of her joint radio message with her late sister Margaret, which was addressed to British children evacuated because of the bombing of the country by Nazi Germany in 1940.
“Although we have faced problems before, this is a different problem… This time we join forces with all nations around the world, using the great achievements of science and our instinctive compassion for healing. We will succeed, and that success will belong to each of us,” Her Majesty said.
Elizabeth II added that she herself feels “a painful sense of separation from her loved ones” caused by the need to socially distance herself from her husband, 98-year-old Duke Philip of Edinburgh. At the same time, the Queen thanked those who stay at home in isolation to prevent the spread of coronavirus. She also praised the dedication of doctors and examples of people helping each other around the world.
The speech of the British monarch was her fifth special address since her accession to the British throne in 1952. Elizabeth II’s previous unscheduled speeches were made during the 1991 Gulf War, before Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, on the occasion of the death of the Queen Mother in 2002 and on the occasion of her 60 years of reign in 2012.