The Queen, 93, invoked wartime spirit to defeat coronavirus as she told the British public they will overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of World War 2 in an extremely rare broadcast to the nation. But royal historian Anna Whitelock explained the Queen is at greater risk of coronavirus due to her age which she highlighted in Sunday’s speech. Despite currently self-isolating at Windsor Castle, the speech gives a subtle nod to the Queen’s increasing concerns over health.
Speaking to Nigel Farage on LBC, Ms Whitelock said: “Whether you’re a republican or a monarchist I think you have to give the Queen credit for her steadfast resolve over the decades.
“For a generation, she’s still closely associated with the Second World War and I think she is this rallying point, this national figure.
“Coronavirus has also touched her own family. Her son, Prince Charles, has had it himself.
“She is also of a generation, the generation, that is suffering most from coronavirus.
“She is in the elderly demographic of this generation.
“Again I think they will look on these words very warmly and they’ll be warmly welcomed all around.”
The Queen’s address to the nation on Sunday evening was watched by more than 23 million people.
Figures by the BBC suggest that the broadcast was watched by 14.1 million people on BBC One and 756,000 on the BBC News channel, with a further 5.3 million watching it on ITV, 2.5 million on Channel 4 and 615,000 on Channel Five.
The televised address was only the fourth of the Queen’s 68-year reign during times of national crisis and grief.
It saw her tell how the coronavirus pandemic had brought back memories of wartime.
She said: “It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister.
“We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety.
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“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones.
“But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”
Zara Tindall said she was “very proud” of her grandmother’s efforts.
Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning Britain from her home in Gloucestershire, she said: “Obviously, we’re very proud and what she said is completely, 100 percent what the country needed.
“I hope everyone listens and we can try and get back to normal and, as we’re trying to do today, support our NHS as much as we can.”
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