Buckingham Palace has confirmed when the Queen will address the nation amid coronavirus crisis.
- The monarch is set to make a speech this Sunday, as the country continues to be in lockdown due to the global pandemic.
- The confirmation follows weeks of speculation that Her Majesty was waiting for the right time to speak to the UK.
- This follows royal news that Prince Charles made history earlier today as he officially opened the new Nightingale Hospital in London.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news that the Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The speech, which has been at Windsor Castle, where she’s self-isolating, will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday 5th April.
The details were confirmed on the Royal Family’s official Twitter page.
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According to the managing editor of Majesty magazine, the Queen has only made speechs four times other than at Christmas. The first was at the time of the Gulf War in 1991; while the second was on the eve of the Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997.
She also made a speech following the death of the Queen Mother in 2002 and at the time of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
The Queen moved to Windsor full-time last month, after being advised by medical professionals to self-isolate.
She was also advised to cancel a number of event in the next few months, which was confirmed in an official statement.
It read, ‘As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, a number of changes are being made to The Queen’s diary.
‘Audiences due to take place this week at Buckingham Palace will go ahead as planned. These include receiving the Prime Minister, the Commanding Officer of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and the Bishop of Hereford. Future Audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, in line with the appropriate advice.
‘Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19th March, one week earlier than planned. It is likely The Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period.’
‘In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, a number of public events with large numbers of people due to have been attended by The Queen, and other Members of the Royal Family, in the coming months will be cancelled or postponed.
‘The annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on 9th April will not go ahead. Three Garden Parties hosted by The Queen, due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May, will now not take place.’