Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth has issued a statement of support amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement, released by Buckingham palace on Thursday local time, addressed the upcoming challenges we all face as we are forced to “change our normal routines”.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 19, 2020
She spoke about the nation being advised to self-isolate and social distance themselves in order to protect one another, and said that her and her family will be doing the same in order to “play our part”.
The official message was also shared to the social media pages of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well and Prince William and Kate Middleton. It reads,
“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 statement says
“We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.
“At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal..
“We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.”
“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,” the statement concluded. “You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”
The message was signed, “Elizabeth R”.
It’s believed Queen Elizabeth left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle late thursday morning, while Prince Philip was flown by helicopter from their Sandringham estate in Norfolk to the castle, just west of London.
Her majesty has been forced to cancel all upcoming public events due to the spread of the coronavirus and will remain at Windsor for the time being.