The sovereign also thanked the anointers and the British who respect the containment measures.
“We will win – and this victory will be for each of us.” In a TV address to the British on Sunday April 5, Queen Elizabeth II was combative and wanted to reassure her subjects, in full coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of almost 5,000 people in the UK. “Together we are fighting this disease, and I want to assure you that if we stay united and resolute, we will overcome it”said the monarch.
In a speech recorded at Windsor Castle, the sovereign also thanked the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic as well as the British who stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus. “I want to thank everyone on the front line”, underlined the queen, as well as “all of you who stay at home, helping to protect the most vulnerable”.
“We'll see each other again”, she also promised, making direct reference to a famous British song from the 1940s when she was a teenager. “Better days will return.”
This is only the fourth speech by Elizabeth II to the attention of the British and Commonwealth nations since the start of her reign in 1952. The three previous speeches of Elizabeth II in times of crisis or mourning were held in 1991 during the First Gulf War, in 1997 on the eve of Princess Diana's funeral, and in 2002 after the death of her mother.
The 93-year-old queen has retired since March 19 to Windsor Castle, west of London with her husband, Prince Philip, 98 years old. Those around them assured that the couple were in good health and were following government directives to remain confined. Their son, Prince Charles, 71, has contracted the disease, but is recently out of quarantine and is in good health.
According to a latest report published on Sunday, 4,934 people died of coronavirus in British hospitals, and 47,806 contaminations have been officially identified, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The British government decreed on March 23 confinement of at least three weeks to the population, who are only allowed to go out to shop, get medical treatment or exercise once a day. The containment period could be extended, the government said.