Queen Elizabeth II spoke with nationwide circulation devoted to the hard times caused by the pandemic coronavirus.
His treatment of Elizabeth II was used as an opportunity to thank health care workers, those who remain at home, and people around the Commonwealth and the world who are taking action in the fight against the pandemic.
“I appeal to you at that time, which is becoming increasingly alarming. The time of destruction in the life of our country and the destruction that some have brought grief to many financial difficulties, and huge changes in everyday life of each of us.
I want to thank all of you who are on the front line of the NHS (national health service in the UK – ed), as well as care workers and those who selflessly continues his daily duties outside the home, supporting us all. I’m sure people will join me to assure you – what you do is appreciated, and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to the return to more normal times.
I also want to thank those of you who remain at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and saving many families from the pain already experienced by those who have lost loved ones. Together we can fight this disease and I want to assure you that if we remain United and resolute, we will defeat it.
I hope that in subsequent years, everyone will be proud of how they responded to this challenge. And those who will come after us, will say that the British of this generation were just as strong as everyone else. What signs of self-discipline, calm and good-natured determination, and compassion continue to characterize the country. Pride in who we are, is not part of our past, it determines our present and our future.
The moments when the United Kingdom came together to thank the health workers and care will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and his symbol is the rainbow, painted by children.
Throughout the Commonwealth and around the world we have seen the emotional stories of people gathering together to help others, whether through the delivery of food parcels and medicines, providian neighbors or transformation of enterprises, to provide assistance in a crisis situation.
Although isolation can sometimes be difficult, many people of all faiths and those who do not believe, find that it gives the opportunity to slow down, to pause and reflect in prayer or meditation.
This appeal reminds me of my very first broadcast, which took place in 1940 with my sister. We, as children, said from Windsor, with other children who have been evacuated from their homes and sent to their own safety. Today, again, many are faced with a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, deep down we know that this is what we had to do.
We have faced problems before, but now the situation is different. This time we join forces with all peoples around the world, using the great achievements of science and our instinctive compassion for healing. We will succeed – and that success will belong to each of us.
We should be comforted by the fact that although we may have to make a lot, better days will come again: we will be back with friends; we’ll be back with our families; we will meet again.
But while I Express my gratitude and warmest wishes.”