- Queen Elizabeth II released a statement addressing the coronavirus pandemic, where she thanked medical professionals, emergency personnel, and scientists for their tireless work in helping the world navigate this global crisis.
- The queen is currently residing at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh, where they will stay for the foreseeable future.
Queen Elizabeth II has spoken out about the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released from Buckingham Palace, the monarch acknowledged the challenges that lay ahead not just for the United Kingdom but also the world as the novel coronavirus continues to affect countries around the globe. The message was released this morning as the queen headed off to Berkshire, where she will be spending time at Windsor Castle for the next few weeks amid the growing global crisis. The Duke of Edinburgh will also be staying at Windsor Castle, where they will spend their Easter holiday.
"As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty. We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them," read the queen's statement. "At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal."
The monarch continued to thank the tireless work of medical professionals, emergency personnel, and scientists for their help in navigating the pandemic.
"We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months," continued the queen. "Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."
The sovereign's grandsons also publicly responded to the pandemic yesterday. Prince William, second in line to the throne, shared a video where he spoke about solidarity in uncertain times and highlighted the work of the National Emergencies Trust. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Instagram that they'd be using their social media presence to share useful resources "to help all of us navigate the uncertainty."
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