by Deanna Maria R & Emmy Hikins
Queen Elizabeth addressed the nation on April 5th, acknowledging the extreme difficulties that the nation is facing. She also expressed her gratitude to those who work in various fields for the NHS and the essential everyday workers who continue to work to support the people’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing to express her gratitude, Queen Elizabeth stated, “and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”
Her expression of gratitude then turns to those who are staying home. She expresses that those staying home are protecting those who are more vulnerable to the virus. The second half of the statement, “and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones”, implies that the Queen takes the loss of lives already from covid-19 very seriously and wants to prevent further suffering. She states in a firm tone, that the people, together, by following guidelines, are tackling the disease.
She turns to giving reassurance to the people by stating, “if we remain united and resolute then we will overcome it.” Her hopes are that in the years after this pandemic people take pride in how they handled the challenges presented by the covid-19 virus. She hopes that, the Britons of future generations, will look back and see how strong the Britons of today were. The pride she sees in the people of Briton from the past extends into the future for accomplishments not yet achieved but achievable.
The pride comes from the people of the commonwealth, and around the world, showing kindnesses toward their fellow humans during these difficult times. She sees an opportunity during this time to slow down and reflect. In example, she reflects on her past with her sister at Windsor castle during her first broadcast in 1940 when children had to be evacuated from their homes for their own safety. In the end, she expresses that they will succeed in combating this challenge and it will be everyone’s success.