Meghan Markle: Queen faced ‘bigger challenges’ says radio host
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The Queen’s Commonwealth message was broadcast on Sunday, March 7. Normally members of the Royal Family gather for an annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. But for the first time in almost a century the service was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what exactly did the Queen say in her speech?
The Queen addressed the nation in a televised speech at 5pm on Sunday.
Her speech called on the importance of keeping in touch with friends and family during these “testing times”.
The speech, delivered to commemorate Commonwealth Day, was aired hours ahead of the highly anticipated Sussex and Oprah Winfrey interview.
Footage featuring the Royal Family’s work during coronavirus and 94-year-old Queen undertaking video calls was played while she delivered her speech.
Speaking in her Commonwealth Day broadcast, the Queen said: “Over the coming week as we celebrate the friendship, spirit of unity and achievements of the Commonwealth, we have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other.
“Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the front line, who have been delivering health care and other public services in their communities.
“We have also taken encouragement from remarkable advances in developing new vaccines and treatments.
“The testing times experienced by so many have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy by being connected to others.
“The need to maintain greater physical distance, or to live and work largely in isolation, has for many people across the Commonwealth been an unusual experience.
“In our everyday lives, we have had to become more accustomed to connecting and communicating by our innovative technology, which has been new to some of us.
“With conversations and communal gatherings, including Commonwealth meetings, conducted online, enabling people to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and counterparts who they have not been able to meet in person.
“Increasingly, we have found ourselves able to enjoy such communication as it offers an immediacy that transcends boundaries or division, helping any sense of distance to disappear.
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“We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings.
“And I hope we shall maintain this renewed sense of closeness and community.
“Looking forward, relationships with others across the Commonwealth will remain important as we strive to deliver a common future that is sustainable and more secure.
“So that the nations and neighbourhoods in which we live, wherever they are located become healthier and happier places for us all.”
The message was pre-recorded at Windsor Castle and was then broadcast as part of the programme A Celebration for Commonwealth Day on BBC One.
She was joined by senior members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge.
Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also attended the annual service.
However, this year the couple will be seen in a highly-anticipated and presumably explosive interview which could have some potentially serious implications for the Royal Family.
What is Commonwealth Day?
Commonwealth Day is observed every year in March.
This year it will be celebrated on Monday, March 8, with a series of virtual events.
Commonwealth Day marks and celebrates the Commonwealth of Nations, which is a union of some countries which used to be part of the British Empire.
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