VIDEO-Coronavirus: Queen delivers historic message to nation from Windsor Castle | UK News | Sky News


You can watch the full speech here if you missed it.


PICTURED: The Queen delivering her historic address.


What happens next?

The Queen has been staying at Windsor for the past two weeks. 

She moved there from Buckingham Palace a week earlier than expected as a precautionary measure. 

She normally stays in Windsor for Easter but it is anticipated she will remain there after the break at least.


How was the speech recorded?

It was an unusual setup at Windsor Castle so that the Queen could record the message while adhering to social distancing.

The message was recorded in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, only after special advice was given by the royal household’s medical team to protect the Queen and adhere to the current guidelines. 

Only one cameraman was allowed in the room wearing gloves and a mask. 

Other technical staff were made to work in a separate room using monitors and speakers. 


The Queen's message has come to an end - analysis from Sky's Royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills now on Sky News.


"But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all."


"While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.

"This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.

"We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us.

"We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again."


"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.

"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."


"Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

"And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation."


“The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

“The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.”


“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.

“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”


“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, 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. 

"I am sure the nation will join me in assuring 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 am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time.

"A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all."


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Latest UK coronavirus headlines

Before the Queen's speech, a reminder of today's main UK coronavirus headlines.

Another 621 hospital patients have died after contracting coronavirus - taking the UK's total to 4,934. You can read more here.

And the government is warning that the UK lockdown may need to be strengthened if people keep ignoring social distancing measures, with many heading outside this weekend. 

Read more here.


When has the Queen done something like this before?

Apart from her annual Christmas message, the Queen has only made this kind of televised address on four other occasions during her 68-year reign.

Those were during the Gulf War, after the deaths of Princess Diana and of the Queen Mother, and to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

This one is more unusual because of the conditions under which it was filmed.

The white drawing room was chosen because it was large enough to allow sufficient distance between the Queen and the only cameraman who was in the room with her, wearing a face mask and gloves.


What do we know about the Queen's address?

Sky News' Royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills has reported on some early details about the address.

In her message, the 93-year-old monarch will say: "I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time."

Describing how proud she has been to see Britain pull together, the Queen will also praise NHS staff and other key workers.

She will say: "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.

"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-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country."


Good evening - what's coming up?

The Queen is to address the nation in a special pre-recorded message from Windsor Castle.

In what is a historic televised address, the monarch will say she hopes the coronavirus crisis will show that "Britons of this generation were as strong as any" as the country responds to the challenges it faces.

The message will be broadcast from 8pm on Sky News.


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