The Queen has publicly despatched a message of support to the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Buckingham Palace launched a press release from the 93-year-old monarch on Thursday night saying: “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.”
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Her Majesty added: “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 grateful for the experience and dedication of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public companies; however now greater than any time in our current previous, all of us have a vitally vital half to play as people – in the present day and within 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.”
The Queen pictured on her means to Windsor on Thursday
It comes after Her Majesty left her London residence to start her Easter break at Windsor Castle per week sooner than anticipated as a “sensible precaution.” She was joined by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was flown to the Berkshire palace by helicopter from Wood Farm in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Several occasions within the Queen’s diary have been cancelled following the coronavirus outbreak, together with the royal backyard events in May, the Maundy Service on 9 April and the Japan state go to. Buckingham Palace mentioned in a press release on Wednesday that Her Majesty is probably going to stay on the fortress past the Easter interval.
The head of state carried out a short viewers with navy officers at Buckingham Palace, however there have been no handshakes – simply head bows. The Queen additionally carried out her weekly viewers with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, by way of phone relatively than in individual.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, has additionally had her marriage ceremony plans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – the reception will now not be held at Buckingham Palace gardens. The Duke of York’s eldest daughter is about to marry property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on the Royal Chapel in St James’s Palace, London, on Friday 29 May. The palace says the couple are presently reviewing their preparations and “will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends.”
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