Queen thanks people for staying home

| 05/04/2020 | 10 Comments
Queen Elizabeth II

(CNS): Queen Elizabeth spoke to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth by video on Sunday, in a very rare address, to thank all healthcare and other front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, but she also thanked everyone who was staying at home, “thereby helping to protect the vulnerable”.

“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,” she said.

The Queen, who is 93, recalled the first broadcast she made with her late sister, Margaret, in 1940 during World War II, speaking to children in Britain who had been evacuation from their homes. She said that now, as it was then, people will feel the pain of separation but that it was “the right thing to do”.

Offering comfort to the nation in lockdown, where the number of cases in the UK is close to 48,000, with close to 5,000 deaths from COVID-19, she said that we will all be with our families and friends again. “We will meet again,” she said, echoing the famous WW2 song by Vera Lynn.

Here in Cayman during today’s press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Martyn Roper spoke about the Queen’s address. He said he hoped her point about people taking pride in how they respond to the pandemic would resonate here, and after it is all over Caymanians would look back and be proud of what they did.

See the Queen’s full address below:

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  1. Anonymous says:

    She did not explain how Charles jumped the testing queue when he was not eligible for NHS testing or why she was not offering some of her many many castles and estates for emergency relief, especially after she got £300m to renovate Buckingham Palace. Just empty words from the head scrounger of the biggest scrounging family of them all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since when were members of the royal family not eligible for NHS testing? Being a future king does have some perks.

      • Anon says:

        He did not meet the criteria to qualify for a test as testing was limited to those with symptoms requiring potentially requiring hospitalisation. He has mild symptoms according to his PR team. Apparently the criteria in fact was “those with those with symptoms requiring potentially requiring hospitalisation and members of the royal family with minor symptoms who want to selfishly abuse privilege”.

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know who tested him?

      • Anon says:

        Because the fact he received an NHS test was in the press releases by his staff and the local NHS that did the test.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I personally found the Queen’s speech inspiring and would hope that the people of Cayman would take it to heart instead of continuing with the negativity and short-sighted comments normally shown on this news service.

  3. Paul Heaton says:

    Try shaking a box in front of the Queen
    ‘Cause her purse is fat and bursting at the seams
    It’s a waste of time if you know what they mean

  4. Anonymous says:

    She should probably remind Charlie

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a novel idea. Instead of sending confirmed cases home so the rest of the family can be infected, thereby increasing our numbers, which is bad publicity, isolate the infected in hotel rooms like the students were.

    • Anonymous says:

      those tested positive have already been living with the same people they have been sent home to, by the time they show symptoms they have been contagious for days. So they will test everyone in the household or had close contact as they are all likely to have already caught it themselves.
      The key is that they may need assist by someone to overcome the virus, and nurses are in short supply so will only be assisting those most vunerable and in worst condition.
      If they stick everyone in a hotel alone in isolation, they will be a lot more deaths

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