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Queen Elizabeth To Give Rare Address To The Nation Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Queen Elizabeth To Give Rare Address To The Nation Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
March 24, 2020 - 18:15 / Lucas Anderson

Queen Elizabeth II is preparing a special address to the nation amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The televised address will be only the fourth unscheduled speech of her reign. Get the details below...

Queen Elizabeth II is readying a speech on the coronavirus that will be televised across the nation. It's expected that the 93-year-old monarch will deliver the speech via Skype or FaceTime as a precaution amid the outbreak. As of now, the address to the nation doesn't have a scheduled date. But according to People, the Queen will follow the "advice of the government as to when [the speech] might best be deployed."

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This special unscheduled address to the nation will be the first of its kind since Queen Elizabeth II reported to the nation the death of her mother, Queen Elizabeth, in 2002.

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The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, recently relocated to Windsor Castle. They're both in good health and employing strict social distancing measures amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Queen Elizabeth II's next coronavirus statement

The Queen's address to the nation could be the next official royal statement on the pandemic. Buckingham Palace last released a statement upon Her Majesty and Philip's arrival at Windsor Castle on Thursday, March 19.

"As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty," the Queen's previous statement said.

"Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."