Monday, April 06, 2020

The Queen’s broadcast to the UK and Commonwealth

Today the Queen delivered a special message to the UK and The Commonwealth, one of only five time that she’s made an address apart from her annual Christmas message (the others were in 1991 during the Gulf War, in 1997 after the death of Princess Diana, and after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, and in 2012 to mark her Diamond Jubilee). The video was recorded at Windsor Castle, where she and Prince Philip are riding out the self-isolation, something that’s prudent for a 93 year old.

The Queen’s been around so long that she offers a unique lived experience relevant to these times. I’m not exactly a royalist, but gotta admire the ol’ gal’s fortitude, attention to her duties, and the sort of comfort coming from the continuity of her presence.

This post is a revised and expanded version of something I posted to my personal Facebook today.


rogerogreen said...

Someone who cares more about others than self. Unlike... well, never mind...

Arthur Schenck (AmeriNZ) said...

Exactly—although, that's not a very high bar: It's easy to do better than him.