Queen Elizabeth Shares Powerful Easter Message Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Her Majesty, the Queen has continued to share messages of encouragement amid the novel coronavirus. In her Easter address to the nation, she kept up with that same theme.
The Royal Family recently published an audio of Queen Elizabeth II addressing the nation on the eve of the Easter holiday. The message marks the first time that the Queen will address the country on the Easter holiday.
Given how peculiar the times are, the message is understandable. It was short, coming in at just a little over two minutes. With it, the royal family is hoping to lift the spirits of people across the country.
Last month, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, tested positive for COVID-19.
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✈️🎖The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore visited @rafmarham in Norfolk today. The Royal Family have long supported the air base. Swipe ➡️ to see a photograph of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visiting personnel in 1988. RAF Marham is a military airbase, with over 3600 working personnel. The airbase provides engineering support across the RAF and is home to the F-35B Lightning, a military aircraft. The Queen visited the Integrated Training Centre, which provides future pilots with thorough training and enables them to qualify as a Lightning Plane pilot. Her Majesty watched a demonstration of simulation-based training. This special training enables new pilots to practice flying planes without being in the air.
In her message, the Queen began by emphasizing the significance of Easter. She pointed out that while not every religion has this same procession, they all share the theme of light prevailing over darkness.
Then, she went on to explain that life is greater than death, adding that the message of Easter should inspire a new sense of life. She emphasized that:
"This year, Easter will be different for many of us... But Easter isn't canceled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever..."
The Queen speaks of light overcoming darkness, and the hope that Easter symbolises, in a special message recorded to mark the Easter weekend. pic.twitter.com/fTFCOSVBtT— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2020
Last week, she made an official address on the virus, where she called on everyone to rise to the challenge. She explained that while the problem is daunting, the nation can persevere through it all.
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Earlier this week, Her Majesty The Queen received the Order of St John’s first ever Service Medal in Gold during an audience with Professor Mark Compton, Lord Prior of the Order of St John. The Queen is Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry first constituted as such by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1888. The Order today is perhaps most well-known for its role with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, as well as delivering first aid, healthcare and support services in over 30 countries around the world through St John International.
The novel coronavirus has touched the Royal Family. Last month, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, tested positive for the virus. An official statement from his official residence confirmed that he had displayed mild symptoms.
The Prince and his wife, Duchess Camilla, eventually relocated to their Scottish estate. They've been there since, observing their self-isolation. However, the Prince has recovered and is working to encourage people as much as he can.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also tested positive for the virus. His symptoms worsened after a few days, and he had to go into intensive care to get proper treatment.
However, like Prince Charles, Boris Johnson has also made significant progress and he is on his way to a full recovery.