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London (United Kingdom), In an extremely rare broadcast to the nation from her Windsor Castle home, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II called upon Britons to have self-discipline and resolution in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, to conquer coronavirus, media reports said.
Queen Elizabeth II. Image credit: Facebook page
"We will meet again," she said referring to the most famous British song from the war years of the 1940s, when she was a teenager. "Better days will return."
"Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it," she said.
"While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, 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."
The broadcast came hours after officials announced increase in the death toll in Britain from the virus by 621 in the last 24 hours to 4,934 with high death rates expected in the next week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among those in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and the queen's own son and heir Prince Charles, 71, has recovered after suffering mild symptoms of the virus.
Like many countries in Europe, Britain is in a state of virtual lockdown.
Thanking those who were staying at home, thereby preventing the spread of the virus, Elizabeth also acknowledged self-isolation could be hard.
She also paid tribute to health care workers for their selfless work and stories of people across the Commonwealth, delivering food and medicines to those who needed them.
In order mitigate any risk of the infection, Her address to the nation was filmed in a big room to ensure a safe distance between her and the cameraman, who wore gloves and a mask and was the only other person present.
The situation reminded her, Elizabeth said, of her broadcast in 1940, when she and her late sister Margaret spoke from Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes to escape bombing raids by Nazi German aircraft.
"Those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any," she said. "That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country."
She concluded by invoking the words of the song "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn from World War Two which became a symbol of hope for Britons during the conflict.