It's been confirmed that the Queen will address the nation this Sunday regarding the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, speaking in a pre-recorded message from her home in Windsor Castle.
It will be the fifth time the Queen has put out a crisis-related address to the nation in her 68-year reign. She has previously addressed the country during the Gulf War in 1991, following the deaths of Princess Diana in 1997 and the Queen Mother in 2002 and following her Diamond Jubilee Weekend in 2012.
It will be broadcast on TV and radio at 8pm and also streamed on the Royal Family's social media channels.
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The news was confirmed in a statement from Buckingham Palace. It read: "Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak. The televised address will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday 5 April, 2020. The address was recorded at Windsor Castle."
The Queen released a statement last month regarding the coronavirus, insisting she was "ready to play her part" alongside the other members of her family.
The statement read: “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."
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."
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Royal fans recently expressed their concern for the Queen after her son Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus.
Princes Charles was confirmed to have the virus, but the 71-year-old remains in “good health”, Clarence House said in a statement.
“When did Charles last see the Queen,” one Twitter user wrote.
A second added: “Prince Charles has coronavirus. When did he last see the Queen? Has Camilla been tested?”
While a third added: “Hope the Queen and Prince Philip are staying safe.”
Today, Prince Charles launched the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in London. Abiding by the social distancing rules put in place by Boris Johnson, he remained at his Scottish home in Birkhall to deliver a message via video link.
Opening up about his recent battle with the virus, he insisted: "I was one of the lucky ones to have had COVID-19 relatively mildly."
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