UK Queen to urge ‘self-discipline and resolve’ amid coronavirus

The British Queen Elizabeth is to stress the value of self-discipline and resolve during the coronavirus pandemic in a special address to the nation.

In a rare speech, she will acknowledge the grief, pain and financial difficulties Britons are facing during this “time of disruption”.

She will also thank NHS staff and key workers, and emphasise the important role individuals can play.

Her address will be broadcast on TV, radio and social media at 20:00 BST.

The Queen is expected to say: “I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time.

“A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”

She will add: “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.

“And those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.

“That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country.”