Queen Elizabeth II of great Britain compared the coronavirus epidemic to the lessons of world war II. On Sunday, April 5, the reigning monarch said this in a special televised address to the British and residents of the Commonwealth countries.
The statement was broadcast by the BBC.
The Queen read the address from a large room at Windsor Palace, where only a cameraman in a special protective suit with a mask and gloves was present.
93-year-old Elizabeth II said that the current situation reminded her of her joint radio message with her late sister Margaret, which was addressed to British children who were evacuated because of the bombing of the country by Nazi Germany in 1940.
“Despite the fact that we have faced problems before, this problem is different… This time we are joining forces with all peoples around the world, using the great achievements of science and our instinctive compassion for healing. We will succeed — and this 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 for social distance with her husband, 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh Philip, from the rest of the family. At the same time, the Queen thanked those who remain at home in isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. She also praised the selfless actions of doctors and examples of people helping each other around the world.
The speech of the British monarch was her fifth special address since ascending to the throne of great Britain in 1952. Previous unscheduled speeches were made by Elizabeth II during the Gulf war in 1991, before the funeral of Princess Diana and in 1997, on the occasion of the death of the Queen mother in 2002, and on the occasion of her 60-year rule of the country in 2012.
On March 25, it became known that the heir to the British crown, Prince Charles, had contracted a coronavirus infection. On March 30, he was released from quarantine after spending about a week in self-isolation. The infection was also detected in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his pregnant wife, and the country’s health Minister, Matt Hancock.
According to Worldometer on April 5, more than 47,806 cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the United Kingdom, of which 4,934 people died. A total of 135 patients recovered.
On March 11, who declared a coronavirus pandemic.