Aside from the annual Christmas broadcast, Her Majesty has only addressed the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth four other times -- at the beginning of the first Gulf War in 1991, when the Princess of Wales died in 1997, when the Queen Mother died in 2002 and on her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Tonight the Queen delivered an uplifting message from Windsor Castle where she, like everyone else across the globe, is following experts' recommendations to stay home. She thanked healthcare workers "and those carrying out essential roles who selflessly continue out their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all."
It was an inspiring broadcast because despite being addressed to people in the U.K. and the Commonwealth, its message was universal: We're all scared, but we're all in this together.
The Queen ended her speech with this final remark: "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."
Watch the speech below:
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