The Queen has delivered a historic, stirring address to the nation during the coronavirus lockdown. Invoking wartime spirit, the 93-year-old monarch told Britons “we will succeed”, adding that “better days will return”.
Her Majesty thanked NHS staff and key workers, while emphasising the important role individuals can play.
NHS staff inside the newly-built Nightingale Hospital watched the Queen deliver her speech.
They thanked the Queen for recognising their hard work throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, led the reaction of politicians on Twitter, saying the speech was “striking” and a message of “strength to draw on”.
Sir Keir Starmer, the new Labour leader, said the Queen spoke to “our determinations to defeat the coronavirus”.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, applauded NHS frontline workers being at the centre of the speech.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, repeated the Queen’s message to stay at home and put others’ needs first.
The Telegraph’s Allison Pearson said the Queen’s speech proved that “it’s never about her, always about her people”.
Meanwhile, David Schneider, the comedian, hoped the writers on Netflix’s The Crown were watching.
Billie Jean King, the tennis legend and women’ rights campaigner, said:
EL James, the Fifty Shades of Grey author, admitted the speech made her tearful.
Ruth Davidson, the Tory MSP, praised Her Majesty’s “quiet resolution”:
As a writer for Doctor Who, Mark Gatiss often spins yarns about the future, but he was a long way off with this prediction.