Her Majest Queen Elizabeth II will make a rare televised address to the nation regarding the on-going coronavirus pandemic over the weekend.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed the address – which will be the fourth the Queen has made during crisis or grief – will be broadcast to the nation at 8pm on Sunday (April 5).
Expectations had been growing that the head of state would make a public statement about the unprecedented events surrounding the UK lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The televised address will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday 5th April, 2020.
“The address was recorded at Windsor Castle.”
In the message the Queen is likely to praise the efforts of health workers and all those who have been helping in the fight against Covid-19 and offer reassurance to the nation during this unsettling period.
There have been three previous speeches broadcast – after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, ahead of Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997 and about the First Gulf War in 1991.
Amid celebratory times, the Queen made a televised address to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The Prince of Wales offered his own message of hope to the country earlier this week when he recorded a video after coming out of isolation following a positive test for Covid-19.
Charles said in his words of support: “As a nation, we are faced by a profoundly challenging situation, which we are only too aware threatens the livelihoods, businesses and welfare of millions of our fellow citizens.
“None of us can say when this will end, but end it will. Until it does, let us all try and live with hope and, with faith in ourselves and each other, look forward to better times to come.”
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