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The Queen, who at 93 is in semi-self isolation at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh, has filmed a broadcast message intended to reassure and rally the nation through the current crisis.
Other than her customary Christmas appearances, the Queen has made a special address on just three previous occasions:
- in 1991 during the Gulf War
- ahead of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997
- following the death of the Queen Mother in 2002.
She is likely to speak of her admiration for country’s resilience and communities, the NHS and key workers, and draw on the country’s history to inspire Britain to persevere in the face of unprecedented lockdown conditions.
The efforts of health workers and all those who have been helping in the fight against Covid-19 are likely to receive specific praise.