The Queen releases statement amid coronavirus pandemic saying her family is ‘ready to play their part’

The Queen has issued a statement amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying she is ready to “play her part” alongside the members of her family.

Her Majesty went on to praise emergency and medical workers in a “period of great concern and uncertainty”.

In a statement released from Buckingham Palace, the Queen said: “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.

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“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.”

She added: “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 sage. 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 93 year old monarch was seen leaving Buckingham Palace in a car earlier today, sporting a navy gilet over a bright blue jumper.

One of her two corgis was spotted sitting next to her as she left to go into quarantine.

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It is thought that she, her husband and corgis will all stay there until after the Easter period, when hopefully it will be safer to venture out.

Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised due to a "pre-existing condition", is said to have since been helicoptered from Wood Farm in Sandringham to join his wife.

Before leaving the capital, The Queen met with Commodore Steven Moorhouse, who is stepping down as Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth in private.

The pair were joined by Steven's replacement, Captain Angus Essenhigh, who is to take on the role imminently.

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