Posted by: Dr Churchill | April 5, 2020

We will overcome…

“We will overcome”

Queen Elizabeth II calls for unity in “increasingly challenging time”

Today, on Palm Sunday no less, Queen Elizabeth II told the British people that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak.

They shall overcome if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of the Second World War in an extremely rare broadcast to the nation.

In what was only the fifth televised address of her 68-year reign, Elizabeth called upon Britons to show the resolve of their forbears and demonstrate they were as strong as generations of the past.

She simply said this: “Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,”

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This is what the 93-year-old monarch said in the address from Windsor Castle where she is staying with her husband Prince Philip, 98.

Elizabeth went on to say: “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”

The broadcast came hours after officials said the death toll in Britain from the virus had risen by 621 in the last 24 hours to 4,934 with high fatalities still expected in the next week.

Of course, like many other countries in Europe — Britain is in a state of virtual lockdown, with people told to stay at home unless it was essential to go out. Health minister Matt Hancock said even stricter riles might be imposed if the current rules to curb the spread of the virus were flouted.

Elizabeth thanked those who were staying at home, thereby helping to spare others from suffering the grief already felt by some families.

She also paid tribute to health care staff for their selfless work and commended the “heart-warming” stories of people across the Commonwealth, of which she is head, and beyond for delivering food and medicines to those who needed them.

Sunday’s address was extremely unusual, because the queen usually only speaks to the nation in her annual televised Christmas Day message.

In order to ensure any risk to the elderly monarch herself was mitigated, it was filmed in a big room to ensure a safe distance between her and the cameraman, who wore gloves and a mask and was the only other person present.

Elizabeth said the situation reminded her of her first ever broadcast in 1940, when she and her late sister Margaret spoke from Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes to escape bombing raids by Nazi German aircraft.

She said that in the future people could take pride in how they too had dealt with such a challenge and disruption to their lives.

“Those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any,” she said. “That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”

She even invoked the words of the famous song “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn from the Second World War, which became a symbol of hope for Britons during the existential war against the German NAZIs that was led by my grandfather Winston Churchill.

Elizabeth went on to close with these strong lines of reminiscence and hope:

“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return.”


“We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

God Bless


Dr Churchill


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