Queen Elizabeth II is almost ready to give a rare national address in the wake of the fast-spreading coronavirus. The Monarch has retreated from London, the mainstay of the COVID_19 outbreak, to Windsor Castle pending when the virus is checked.
Moving to Windsor Castle is in obeyance to expert advice to social distance and she has also rescheduled her worklist to ensure she is kept out of the coronavirus while limiting contact with the outside world.
The Queen will deliver a nationally televised message to the public very soon, in what will become the fourth national address since she became the Queen 68-years ago. The Queen, 93, was spotted exiting Buckingham Palace on Thursday inside a Range Rover with her favourite dog by her side.
The monarch and Prince Phillip are expected to remain at their Windsor Castle pending when the virus is controlled while the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are isolating somewhere in Scotland.
The Sunday Times reported that the Queen’s speech will be made in the coming week.
Further questions targeted at determining “if” the national address will hold had a palace source assured: “It is a question of when not if.
“The value of an address by the Queen is that it is so rare. It’s a case of when is the optimum time to do it.
“The Queen wants to get it right.”
The Queen is currently learning how to use FaceTime and Skype communication method, which when learnt will enable her to receive government briefings and updates from medical experts
More reasons why the Queen need to learn how to use those communication systems is that she wants to hold video conferences with experts working on the frontlines of the UK’s battle against coronavirus.
She will also be able to speak to emergency service workers, volunteers and charities that provide services to patients and vulnerable people.
A royal assistant assured that: “Nothing will be ruled out to ensure Her Majesty is able to keep in touch and offer thanks and reassurance to everyone she needs to.”
Although the Queen is known for spending her Easter break at her Windsor Castle, this year is different because she left early following the coronavirus outbreak.
The Sun had reported on Sunday that a royal aide at Buckingham Palace contracted the coronavirus. But it’s not clear whether the aid had been close to the Queen or not.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, will turn 30 years on Monday, but there will not be an elaborate birthday celebration of the youngest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, following a national instruction to stay at home as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
That will not be the first celebration that the COVID_19 outbreak is halting in the Buckingham Palace. Recall that Princess Beatrice’s wedding plans were affected as the planned wedding reception that was scheduled to hold at the Buckingham Palace gardens was cancelled because of the virus outbreak.
Currently, there are more than 5,500 people living with coronavirus in the UK according to official statistics, and the death toll stood at 281, which is the reason why churches are limiting wedding attendees to only the priest, the bride, the groom and just two witnesses.