The Queen is to address the country this evening to deliver a message about the coronavirus outbreak and expectations have been building on what the head of state will make her public statement about, in light of the bizarre events that have seen United Kingdom go into lockdown to battle the COVID 19 pandemic.
Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a personal broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth concerning the coronavirus outbreak and the televised speech will be televised at 8 pm tonight, 5th April 2020.
The speech was recorded at Windsor Castle, and in the message, the Queen is expected to praise the efforts of health workers and all those who’ve been helping in the battle against COVID 19 and to extend reassurance to the country throughout this unsettling time.
The Prince of Wales offered a message of support to the nation earlier this week when he recorded a video after coming out of quarantine following a positive test for COVID 19.
He said that as a country we were confronted with an extremely challenging situation, which we are only too aware endangers the livelihoods, businesses and the well-being of millions of our fellow citizens.
He further said that none of us can say when this will all end, and until it does, we should all strive to live with purpose, with faith in ourselves and each other, and to look forward to better times to come.
The Queen has been staying at her Berkshire residence of Windsor Castle after travelling to the royal premises on March 19, earlier than normal for the Easter period, as a precaution.
Buckingham Palace announced in March that in consultation with the Medical Household and Government, several public events with vast numbers of people expected to have been attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family in the coming months will be withdrawn or suspended.
The palace refused to discuss the health of the monarch, who’s staying at Windsor with the Duke of Edinburgh, but in its last update said the Queen remained in good health and was following all relevant advice.
The monarch and her family have been conducting some of their royal engagements by phone or video link, with Charles opening the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in East London remotely from his Scottish home.
I’m certain that the Queen’s address, composed for her by her staff and read from a card, held by another staffer, will be heartfelt, saying that we must stand together, then in the next breath she’s jumping into the back of a Range Rover heading out of London – that’s not solidarity.
And I know that people say the Royal family do a lot for us but isn’t giving a speech from one of her many palaces a little bit tasteless?
This monarch of ours is priceless – a woman living in a castle, telling council tenants and homeless people that we’re all in this together, clearly, our Queen is experimenting with irony.
The Royals don’t give a fizzle about us peasants, and it’s about time people understood this, with them sitting pretty while poor and working-class people are dying, and the Queen is overlooking that lockdown is way far too more comfortable for the wealthy than the poor people.
For the wealthy, it’s an opportunity to enjoy their immovable properties, whilst for the poor, it’s a real race for survival, and how are we all in this together when the Queen has bolted to Scotland to hide – we don’t see the Queen standing in a queue to buy essentials.
And I can’t help feeling the Royals experience of this virus is hugely different from that of ordinary folk. Isolated in a house with land, gym, swimming pool, horses, an abundance of food, no worry of a mortgage, rent, gas, electric, water, council tax, credit card bill, car loan, insurance, the list goes on, and then fretting that you might not have a job at the end of it.
And I’m sure they don’t have to wait their turn in a 111 queue or despair that their loved ones over 70 years old won’t be treated.
I’m sorry your Majesty but I believe this disaster highlights the huge distinction between us and yourself, and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to trade places – we’re all in this together!
And I hope she’s putting her hand in her pocket and giving taxpayers money back directly to those on the front line right now? But I bet her imaginary purse won’t let her.
All in this together – does that mean we’re all invited to hole up in Windsor Castle, to be waited on hand and foot – no battling supermarket queues?
A message from the Queen? What good is that going to do? And I don’t want to hear a word that comes out of her mouth, other than that she’s donating her money to better her country – then she’ll be a great person and worthy of some respect.
And like what the Queen has to say is going to make us all feel so much better – the Queen is a saviour in her Ivory tower and she has no concept what’s going on in her guarded pampered life.
And the Queen’s speech will do as much good as people clapping on their doorsteps. What’s she going to do, wave a magic wand and the virus will disappear and everyone will be okay?
If the Queen wants to help, then she should divert her immense resources to frontline staff and victims of the virus – a pre-recorded message is a feeble attempt to support the public she professes to care about.