(ConservativePeak.Com)- Queen Elizabeth II rarely gives television addresses. Beyond her annual Christmas address, which is aired every Christmas day in the United Kingdom, the Queen only occasionally appears on national television to talk to her subjects.
The Queen hit national headlines earlier this year when she appeared on our screens offering well wishes to people at the beginning of lockdown measures initiated as a result of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Just weeks later, she appeared once again on British television to spread a message of hope to the world on the 75th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day.
Queen Elizabeth, who recently turned 94, famously served in WWII as a mechanic and driver in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. Her speech was timed to air at the exact same time that her late father, King George VI, announced to the country that the war had ended. On 8th May 1945, King George VI told the country that “the dreadful shadow of war has passed far from our hearts and homes in these islands.”
During the broadcast, the Queen also shared an old recording in which she talked about her experience as a 19-year-old when the news came that the war was over.
“I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 8, 2020
“I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief,” she said.
The Queen gave her televised speech from Windsor Castle, where she remains in self-isolation as a result of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. She told viewers that, while it “may seem hard” that we cannot mark the anniversary as we might usually, but that “our streets are not empty.”
“They are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other,” she said.
“Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day”
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2020
The Queen also encouraged people to “never give up” and “never despair.”