For only the fourth time in her almost 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth is expected to give a special address to the nation. The televised speech, which will take place in the coming weeks, will focus on the developing pandemic that is gripping the UK and the world.
According to The Times, the Queen will speak to the British public as the coronavirus crisis worsens, likely to share words of encouragement.
This marks only the fourth time in history that she will give a special address to the public. The Queen last made an unexpected televised address in 2002, on the eve of her mother's funeral. Before this, she spoke to the public in 1997 following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and in 1991, when she addressed the nation during the Gulf War.
Last week, the Queen shared a personal written message with the nation, where she stressed the "vitally important role" the public has to play in the Covid-19 crisis, something which she will likely reiterate in her address.
"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," wrote the Queen. "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."
It was confirmed on 25 March that Prince Charles had tested positive for Covid-19 and was self-isolating at Balmoral in Scotland with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Clarence House has released a statement confirming that the royal, who is 71 years old, had contracted the virus and was "displaying mild symptoms, but otherwise remains in good health".
The palace added that the Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested for the virus but the results came back negative.
The official statement added: "In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing."
"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."
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