Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a message to the nation — and the rest of the Commonwealth — which will be broadcast across all channels and social media on Sunday.
The message was recorded at Windsor Castle, where The Queen and Prince Philip are isolating.
It will be a rare message from the monarch, whose only similar messages were broadcast after the deaths of the Queen Mother and Diana, Princess of Wales in 2002 and 1997 respectively, and during the First Gulf War in 1991.
The news comes after Her Majesty’s son Prince Charles continues his recovery from the illness. He remains at Birkhall, his home on the Balmoral Estate, but has been undertaking his duties in any way he can, as his Instagram page shows:
The BBC reported last week that Prince Charles has the coronavirus, but thankfully only had ‘mild symptoms’.
‘He otherwise remains in good health,’ the report adds.
The Duchess of Cornwall has been tested, but is negative.
HM The Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh are at Windsor Castle at the moment, the separation of the Royal Family — like so many others — being the subject of a message on the Clarence House Twitter feed:
Her Majesty The Queen has previously posted a message to the British people as the country was gripped by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The message was posted on the Royal Family website and social media channels a day after the announcement that schools across the country will be closed at the end of this week.
More measures are certain to follow as the authorities seek to slow the spread of the illness, and Her Majesty both paid tribute to the work done so far and exhorted us all to continue to work together for the common good.
Here is the message in its entirety:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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