On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth gave a rare television address to her country about the coronavirus outbreak, according to The New York Times.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the Queen said. “A disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
The queen thanked both healthcare workers and those staying at home. “I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” the Queen said, “and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.” Her remarks were recorded at Windsor Castle.
Her son, Prince Charles, and the prime minister, Boris Johnson, both tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Sunday night, more than 40,000 Britons had as well.