Queen Elizabeth II made a rare special announcement on Sunday addressing the coronavirus pandemic that is currently ravaging the United Kingdom and indeed the world, the Washington Examiner reported.
In her address, the Queen appeared to express her sympathy for the suffering and to encourage the nation to stay strong, as well as reiterate the importance of staying home to continue slowing the spread of the virus.
Brits must keep their resolve
In the address given via livestream, the Queen said: “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 the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve, and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again,” she declared, according to the Examiner.
The U.K. has been hit hard by the virus, and the nation’s leadership has not been immune to the illness. Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week and admitted to the hospital over the weekend, the Examiner reported.
According to BBC News, Johnson’s condition took a turn for the worse, and as of Monday afternoon, he has been admitted to the intensive care unit.
There were at least 51,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.K., with 5,373 deaths, as of Monday afternoon. While the nation hasn’t been hit as hard as Italy or Spain, the nation is still struggling to keep up with the rapidly proliferating outbreak.
In spite of all the struggles the U.K. is facing, the Queen confidently stated: “We will succeed — and that success will belong to every one of us.”
This is a rare and valuable opportunity for the crown to do one of its few remaining jobs — namely, rally the people and encourage all to stand strong in the face of this challenge.
No end in sight
This message of resolve is especially important as there is no sign of an immediate end to this global pandemic. Worse yet, the economic damage wrought by it is just beginning. Even with central banks in many nations, including the U.K., slashing interest rates, the fallout is still devastating in scope.
Those who managed to avoid the scourge of the respiratory virus that has hospitalized thousands still wonder whether they will be able to escape the effects of a shattered economy.
People around the world will need to strengthen their determination and pray that summer will bring an end to the pandemic. The sooner the virus is under control, and populations can return to work, the better the outlook for everyone.