The Queen is keeping in touch with family members with video calls amid crisis

Naomi Gordon
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From Harper's BAZAAR

The Queen is said to be using video calls to keep in touch with family members amid the coronavirus crisis.

The 93-year-old monarch and Prince Philip are currently at Windsor Castle after leaving Buckingham Palace a week ago when the government advised the over-70s to self-isolate.

According to The Telegraph, Her Majesty has been given a crash course in how to use apps such as FaceTime and Skype so she - like so many of us across the world right now - is able to speak to family members that she is unable to see in person.

It's also being reported that royal aides are investigating how to set up video conferencing at the castle next week to facilitate family conversations across the generations.

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Buckingham Palace is said to be collaborating with the government on plans to provide "calm reassurance" to the nation, with speculation that the Queen could be close to giving a televised speech.

The Daily Mail claims that discussions over the Queen's address have been held between 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace, with a royals insider saying: "It has been agreed the address will happen at a key moment in the crisis and that it will be a hugely important way to lift the nation's morale.

"There is no one more experienced than Her Majesty and she will know exactly the right moment to address the country.

"Sadly, there are some very difficult times ahead. The country is going to be hurting. The voice of Her Majesty will provide calm reassurance that, ultimately, we will get through this."

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Meanwhile, the Queen made a statement last week urging members of the public to play their "vitally important part" in stopping further spreading of coronavirus.

"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."

The monarch also thanked the scientists, medics, emergency and public services for their "expertise and commitment", but reiterated that the public also has their own responsibilities to fulfil.

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