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Queen thanks healthcare workers in rare address to the nation

Last Updated Apr 5, 2020 at 12:12 pm PST

FILE: This photograph taken by Nick Knight is a portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, England in May 2016, prior to the final night of The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Pageant, to mark the end of the year of celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday. (©2016 Nick Knight)

Queen Elizabeth II addressed the U.K. and the commonwealth in a pre-recorded televised broadcast on Sunday.


The Queen spoke about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has infected more than 42,000 people in the U.K. and killed at least 4,313.

She thanked healthcare workers on the National Health Service front lines and other essential workers. She also expressed thanks to those who are practicing social distancing by staying home and¬†asked for people to stay strong during “an increasingly challenging time.”

“I want to reassure you, that if we remain united and resolute, then we will over come it, ” she said.

Earlier this month, the Queen’s son and heir to the throne Prince Charles was diagnosed with a mild case of the virus.

The 93-year-old monarch and her 98-year-old husband Prince Phillip are considered to be in the vulnerable group about 70 years of age whom Britain’s government has advised to stay home for 12 weeks.