We Will Meet Again
"We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again."
APRIL 6th, 2020
nly four times before has The Queen addressed the country in a moment of a national event. The Gulf War, the death of the Princess of Wales, the death of the Queen Mother and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012; each time she struck the tone needed to guide her people through. As the world tackles the coronavirus outbreak and thousands succumb to the deadly disease, Her Majesty, once again, delivered a resolute, calm and emotive speech which left many in the UK shedding a tear.
Recorded at Windsor Castle by one BBC cameraman dressed in the necessary PPE, the Queen delivered arguably the most important speech of her entire reign. Pulling on her unrivalled wisdom and calming influence, the Monarch acknowledged the challenge facing the country and wider Commonwealth.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.” She began.
Thanking NHS staff and all essential workers, Her Majesty emotively stated how the entire country “appreciated every hour of your hard work” to “bring us closer to a return to more normal times.”
She finished by referring to her own experiences in the Second World War, where she and her sister, Princess Margaret, recorded a radio message to children who had been evacuated as the conflict ensued. But it was perhaps her final words of address which moved the public to tears: “We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us. 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.”
There is no one on Earth who could have cemented those words with such meaning other than the Queen. She is unlike any world leader alive, and none have her combined talents of dignity, assurance, experience and respect.
With her reign just short of seventy-years, we have all come to respect her words. When she speaks, the World listens.
Across the entire globe, throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, almost every Nation stopped to listen to the biggest star on Earth – to heed her calls for unity, compassion and steely resolve against this invisible foe. In the US – a country which is quickly becoming the epicentre of the pandemic – every network aired her address live. Back in the UK, you could almost feel the collective relief of the country, reaffirming what must be done to succeed.
As this crisis has unfolded, fear and uncertainty has gripped the country. With every corner of the UK in lockdown, shops closed, families separated and the NHS facing its greatest battle yet, Britons would only turn to one person for reassurance, our Queen. A mother and grandmother to our Nation, her collective words of comfort and rallying cry to ‘keep calm and carry on’ provided the injection of hope and determination that has been lacking in recent weeks.
When the clock struck eight and the millions fell silent to hear our Head of State speak, I am in no doubt that we were the envy of the World. If her speech reminded us all of one thing – it is how lucky we are to have her.
Throughout her reign Queen Elizabeth II has always managed to say the right thing at the right time. It is a talent that she has nurtured since she was young. There is no one alive who can unite the Nation quite like the Queen, who can steadily lead an endeavour through stormy seas. She is the Captain standing at the wheel of her Great Britannia, steering us through the maelstroms, which time and time again attempt to capsize Her Majesty’s most precious passengers – her people. Once again, she dutifully places herself at the helm, not only offering words of comfort, but wisely knowing when best to offer them.
Her historic address will become the fifth time she has moved to calm the country and the wider Commonwealth, though this time in the face of a global health crisis. She did so with a natural ease, perfected through her decades of experience. So as we face this pandemic and its deadly reality, we all now must heed our Queen’s emotive words: “better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
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