Like Prince William and Kate Middleton, who visited first responders before beginning their self-isolation, the Queen made sure to thank those on the frontlines of this pandemic. "I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all," she said. "I'm sure the nation will join me in ensuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times. "I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home," the Queen added, "thereby protecting to help the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones.
The Queen's own son, Prince Charles, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but is reportedly "on the other side" of the illness after only experiencing minor symptoms. "Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it," the Queen also said in her address from the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, allegedly chosen because it allows for enough space between the monarch and her cameraperson, who wore protective gear. "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.
Beyond the flood of positive comments on The Royal Family's Instagram post, the Queen was trending on Twitter, with viewers from England and beyond feeling profoundly impacted by Queen Elizabeth II's words. "It's so very strange as an American to feel profoundly more encouraged and hopeful watching a rare address from Queen Elizabeth, an unelected monarch in a country halfway around the world, than I ever would from anything Trump has said in this crisis," Charlotte Clymer tweeted.
"We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again."—Queen Elizabeth II https://t.co/5hZDxuE6HU— Glamour (@glamourmag) April 5, 2020