Queen Elizabeth to give rare televised speech about the coronavirus

Clay Curtis
April 5, 2020

She also delivered a message live to the nation before the funeral of Diana, princess of Wales, in 1997, amid criticism of senior royals for sticking to protocol.

Reflecting on how the nation has reacted to the pandemic, she will say: "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge".

The monarch has been at Windsor for the past fortnight, where she is isolating with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and a small group of staff.

The queen and her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip moved to Windsor Castle on March 19 as a precaution due to their age, which puts them in a high-risk category.

The Queen's address will be broadcast on TV and radio and shown on the royal family's social media at 8pm on Sunday.

However, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Her Majesty is in good health.

The expectation has been growing about when the Queen would make a public statement about the unprecedented events that have seen the country go into lockdown to combat the pandemic.

"I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time", the Queen will say in what has been framed as a deeply personal message.

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Her last special address was in 2002, when she spoke following the death of the Queen Mother.

The message was reportedly filmed by a single cameraman wearing protective equipment, with all other crew members in a separate room.

In fact, this will be the fourth time she has done so throughout her 68-year reign.

On what other occasions has the Queen addressed the nation? "Now her words will fill the houses of millions of homes around the country and echo around the world to the Commonwealth's two and a half billion citizens as we join forces to defeat this bad disease".

The speech was never recorded but national archives showed she would have urged "her fearless country" to stand firm against "the madness of war".

The Queen's address will come less than a week after the Prince of Wales came out of self-isolation, following his diagnosis of coronavirus.

Her eldest son and heir Prince Charles, 71, has been in self-isolation on her sprawling Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland after developing mild symptoms of COVID-19.

The monarch also made a televised address when she thanked the nation for the festivities commemorating her Diamond Jubilee, describing it as "a humbling experience".

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