A Queen's speech is typically rare. Reserved for the special occasions of Christmas and the State Opening of Parliament. And that's about it, apart from occasional speeches such as her United Nations speech. That's because the Queen's only given three other addresses to the country and the Commonwealth during her reign. These were during the first War in Iraq in 1991, on the death of Diana Princess of Wales in 1997 and the occasion of the death Of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002. So the Queen's Covid-19 speech this evening is well-anticipated.
But what can we expect? Well, it's been recorded ahead of time, so she's in the same company as all the putative Labour party leaders who recorded speeches in case they won their election. As it was, we were treated to the Keir Starmer acceptance speech yesterday.
The reality is likely to be a personal message for everyone, if that's at all possible. Certainly we can expect a message of hope. But we can also expect that the Government's "stay at home" message will be repeated. Beyond that, we can also look forward to supportive words for the Government, the NHS and all our emergency services, the armed forces and everyone who's pulling together to get us through this mess.
Her words were obviously as carefully chosen as possible, she really doesn't put a foot wrong.
A disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulty to many and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.
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 that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any
So, yes, in this irregular Queen's Covid-19 speech the Monarch managed to cover absolutely everything…without mentioning coronavirus or Covid-19. Marvelous.
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