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Queen Elizabeth Reigns with Hope

Queen Elizabeth's message on the Coronavirus is the hopeful message the world needs right now

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World Herald

As of April 4, 2020, Queen Elizabeth had only delivered three speeches in response to current events during her entire 68-year reign: One, about the Gulf War. The second, after the death of Princess Diana. And third, after the passing of the Queen Mother. Today, she delivered her fourth—a calm, hopeful oration about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Queen spoke from Windsor Castle, filmed by a single cameraman wearing protective gear. The message was broadcast on the BBC, but also shared widely on the royal family’s social media accounts, extending its reach far beyond the United Kingdom. She may have addressed it to her countrymen, but it was the world that was watching.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” she began, before thanking the tireless work of the U.K.’s NHS staff and essential workers, while also extending her gratitude to those staying home. “Together, we are tackling this disease. I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” she said.

She then recognized the magnitude of this moment in history. “I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who came after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. The attributes of self-discipline, of quiet-good humored resolve, and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.” The line was reminiscent of another famous British oration, from Winston Churchill—“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’ ”

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