In uncertain times, you can always count on Queen Elizabeth to be there.
Today, the Queen released a statement about the Covid-19 pandemic. In it, she urged unity, and said she believed all of us were “up to the challenge” of making sure loved ones stayed safe.
“As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the world are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty,” she wrote. “We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in, and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.
Then she evoked the United Kingdom’s history of unity in a crisis, presumably reflecting on her own experience growing up in WWII-era London—“at times such as these I’m reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities something together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.”
She continued: “We all have a vitally important part to play as individuals—today and in the coming days, weeks, and months. Many of us will need to find ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to the challenge.”
The Queen ended it all by addressing her own duty: “You can be assured my family and I stand ready to play our part.”
The statement was also shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall—a coordinated show of togetherness, despite recent fractions with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure.
Already, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge put out a PSA for U.K.’s National Emergencies Trust, which raises and distributes money to charities in the wake of emergencies and disasters. “I said at its launch last year that I dreaded the day when it would be needed,” the Duke said. “Sadly with the outbreak of Covid-19 that day has come faster than anyone of us would have hoped.”
The Queen left for her Easter Break at Windsor Castle a week earlier this year, due to coronavirus concerns. The majority of engagements for the royal family have been postponed or cancelled, including the Japanese State visit and the annual garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
But as the Queen noted, although the royals won’t be out shaking hands or cutting ribbons in front of crowds, they will not be idle. They’ll just be shifting course and standing by, ready to help where they can.