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.
I want to thank everyone on the NHS
frontline, 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
I also want to thank those of you who are
staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and
sparing many families the pain already felt
by those who have lost loved ones.
Together we are tackling this disease, and
I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then
we will overcome it.
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 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
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.
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
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.
It reminds me of the very first broadcast 1
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
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
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.
But for now, I send my thanks and warmest
good wishes to you all.