The Queen addressed the nation in a rare speech on Sunday night, acknowledging the grief and financial hardships Britons are facing and promising: “We will meet again.”
Speaking from Windsor Castle, outside London, the Queen paid tribute to frontline workers and urged everyone to follow advice to stay at home.
She said the “painful sense of separation from their loved ones” that social distancing was causing for people reminded her of the experience child evacuees had during the Second World War.
“Now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do,” she said, stressing the value of self-discipline and resolve.
“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.