Queen Elizabeth is set to make an uncommon and special address to the British community over the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Britain is under a virtual lockdown, closing pubs, restaurants and nearly all shops, while banning all large gatherings and ordering Britons to stay home. These are measures implemented to curtail the spread of the virus as the death toll had risen to 3,605, up to 23% on the previous day.

''Her Majesty, The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak,” Buckingham Palace said in statement, without giving any details about its content.

The address, which was recorded at Windsor Castle where the 93-year-old monarch is staying with her husband Prince Philip, will be broadcast at 1900 GMT on Sunday, it said.

Last month, the queen issued a written statement in which she said the royal family would play its part in rising to the challenge of the Coronavirus outbreak.

“We know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty,” she said then.

“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.”

The Queen rarely addresses the Britons except for her annual televised Christmas message. This would be the sixth time the Queen would be addressing the British community in 68 years.


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