Queen Elizabeth II made a sincere and passionate appeal to the country and the Commonwealth as the impact of coronavirus sets in across the globe.
She delivered her speech to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth at 8 pm on Sunday as the coronavirus pandemic proceeds to grip the globe.
Buckingham Palace yielded aspects of the Queen’s address earlier this week and revealed it was pre-recorded on Thursday and it evoked the touching words of Dame Vera Lynn’s legendary World War II song ‘We’ll Meet Again’.
She said: “This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.
“We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.
“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.
“But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”
The Queen opened her address by saying: “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 difficulty to many and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
The Queen went on to thank the numerous service people allowing Britain to cope throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
She said: “I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles.
“Those that selflessly carry out their day to day duties outside the home in support of us all.
“I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.
“I also want to thank those of you that are staying at home, thereby helping protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones.”
She added: “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.”
“The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.
“The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit, and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.”
The Queen also referred to her first speech to the nation during World War II.
She added: “It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their safety.
“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”
But to all you people that are now salivating over the Queen, this lady isn’t going to give you any of her many ventilators on hand, even if you did pay for them and she won’t worry if you drop dead, it’s as simple as that!
And that was a lovely brooch she was wearing – not sure who persuaded her to put it on while the rest of the country is struggling while they have their palaces and enormous parks, with the most exquisite food and wines, staff and medicals at their beckoning – who are they fooling?
The Queen has lived a vested lifestyle for numerous years, living in a palace with servants and security, which must be such hard work, and this isn’t like WWII and we don’t have Vera Lynn crooning in the backdrop.
Our Grandparents had bombs dropping on them and they had family members overseas who were being slaughtered and every day they had to prepare themselves for bad news, but despite that, they also had to keep the family fed on next to nothing and they had to put on a smiling face.
The whole world is fighting this virus and nobody knows what to do to defeat it and we’re all in the same boat, and it’s odd how the Queen only pops up when she knows most will be home watching the TV – Christmas Day and lockdown.
It’s one thing to be whisked away to safety where nobody can contaminate you but others have to go into work to look after people who are seriously ill, or to deliver vital services, but then we live in the real world, Your Majesty.
The Queen has all the security she requires, and she doesn’t have to stay up until midnight so that she can get a slot for her food to be delivered to her, and broadcasting this message while holed up in your second home behind high walls sends the country entirely the incorrect message.
And who listens to the Queen anymore? Because what she says means nothing to the average family.
She can self-isolate herself in her 150-acre castles while us insignificant humans have to quarantine in our home, often with no garden.
I now, here that the front line doctors are going to discriminate against over 75s when it comes down to choosing who gets a ventilator – I bet it won’t come to that if the Queen needed one, she would be top of the list.
I must sound like the green-eyed monster because of course, there are numerous people other than the Queen who live vested lives and who have huge gardens or grounds, but they’re still not as privileged as the Queen.
Maybe I should stop frothing at the mouth!
And there doesn’t appear to be any Prince Phillip about, that’s because they’d have to get him out of his crypt for special occasions and sit him up.
The vested Royal Family are there but no one asked for them with their composed speeches written by a professional writer – nothing came from her heart, she simply did what she was told.
And I’m sure for some, her address felt artificial and staged, and many won’t of cared about what she had to say because we need actions and not words, and this is too little too late because there’s no real wisdom or leadership on this planet, only fools second-guessing at best.
Perhaps British Royalty should be abolished because they’re falling apart from within and only concern themselves with self-preservation while the rest of us bear the consequences.
Corona beer is excellent, people drink it all the time, but this virus is not and will ultimately kill millions.
Now the Royals are nothing more than celebrities, overpaid and acting, putting on a show for the masses, and the Royal Family aren’t going to have to worry how they’re going to cope when this is all over.
While the whole country is full of failed businesses and bankrupt, they will go on their merry way, still taking our money, and I wonder if any of them have a clue to the destruction this will create, but it hasn’t prevented them scurrying off to their second homes, has it?
I do hope that some people got a good message out of her address that was canned by a teleprompter, but if it brings you peace, then I’m thrilled for you.
I’m not saying that she shouldn’t have addressed the people, we all have freedom of speech, including the Queen, but it does show how out of touch she is with modern UK.
Seventy per cent of the younger generation wouldn’t even be able to relate to Vera Lynn, they wouldn’t even know who she is, and instead of the Queen giving great speeches, how about she gives some of that money she gets to the NHS, now that would prick everyone’s ears up.
To be fair, listening to the Queen was like listening to my nan waffle on, and seriously, who’s this woman again? What does she do, or have I missed something while I’ve been in isolation?
And I love the way she acts, “We’ll Meet Again”. I’ve never met her in my life, nevermind meeting her again.
A true Queen would have donated money towards equipment, supplies and people who need it and her address was a pitiful rouse.
Of course, it’s not for the Royal Family to supply the NHS, that’s for the government, but in dire times like this, you would have at least thought she would have offered out of the goodness of her heart.
What’s going on isn’t like a war because we’re up against an adversary that we can’t see, can’t be beaten and doesn’t care if it wins or loses.
We can’t fight it, all we can do is hide from it and trust that it eventually goes away, on the upside we’re not being blitzed, and someone should have the acumen and courage to recommend that all NHS staff receive an OBE and a bigger pay packet when this crisis is over, it’s better than footballers and singers getting it.
I couldn’t imagine a footballer or singer performing open-heart surgery or cleaning up patients sick or blood, but then I can’t see a nurse or doctor booting a football round or singing, but these are not essential parts of our life, saving a life is.
By the time I’d watched the Queen’s address, I’d lost the will to live, and I do try to be understanding, but I just can’t see how a speech from the Queen helps morale.
They’re quite different from the likes of us ordinary men, woman and children in the street, and even further from the frontline workers from all walks of life, all doing their best in so many ways and so many diverse roles to keep this country going.
Next, she’ll be crooning ‘Blue Birds Over The White Cliffs Of Dover, that’s until a Royal Hunting party bags the lot.
Her address certainly evoked the wartime feeling in me, now I feel like sleeping outside in an Anderson shelter for the night in 2 feet of water while the Royals sleep in a palace with a light aircraft on standby.
And why didn’t they open up the palace as a temporary hospital? They have enough rooms in it to sink a battleship. It would prove to the country that she’s united with her minions, but how nice and supportive that would be. Perhaps the children of the key workers could have a garden party when all this ends?