Queen says she hopes Brits can ‘take pride’ in coronavirus response

Source: Politico | April 5, 2020 | Annabelle Dickson

In rare address to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II says she hopes “those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.”

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II expressed her hope that in the years to come, Britons would be able to “take pride in how they responded” to the coronavirus pandemic, in a rare address to the nation on Sunday night.

The head of state used the pre-recorded broadcast to acknowledge the “disruption in the life of our country,” which she said had “brought grief to some, financial difficulties 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,” she said. “And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any, that the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.”

The queen also used the speech, which was filmed by a single cameraman wearing protective equipment, to thank NHS staff and key workers.

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