On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II issued a special address in response to the pandemic which has hospitalized individuals around the globe, including Britain's own Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Though the address wasn't aimed at a global audience, people in the United States were particularly moved by her speech. It reminded many of the leadership qualities that have failed to come out of the White House in recent years.
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During her speech, the Queen referenced her first radio broadcast from 1940, when she (then 14) comforted children being separated from their families due to bombings by Germany during WWII.
"Once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do."
#QueensSpeech felt incredibly moving this morning here in LA. The thanks she gave and unity she spoke of only highl… https://t.co/yl0eSugreH— Minnie Driver (@Minnie Driver)1586113904.0
She also told listeners to take comfort in the thought that the quarantine will be over someday soon.
"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."
I’ve never been a big fan of the royals, but it’s striking how the Queen doesn’t spray blame, attack reporters, cri… https://t.co/a2YUpvGmt0— Helen Kennedy (@Helen Kennedy)1586127618.0
What a beautiful, inspiring, compassionate, calming and well needed address given by Queen Elizabeth today. From ac… https://t.co/TaxJbnWw8J— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1586126648.0
People all over the world were inspired by the Queen's touching sentiments.
@waltshaub Take us back, please. We’ll embrace the Oxford comma and start adding u’s to words like colour.— Tracy Smith 😎 (@Tracy Smith 😎)1586121998.0
In a rare speech, the Queen, who as a child lived through the dark days of World War II, speaks of the new threat o… https://t.co/Dhhz5tfjo5— Laurene Powell Jobs (@Laurene Powell Jobs)1586127700.0
It's hard to ignore that President Donald Trump has never given such a heartfelt or sincere address.
In two minutes, the Queen laid out the crisis, lifted up workers, and gave hope and inspiration to rally the world… https://t.co/sHeBPrwto2— Patrick Gaspard (@Patrick Gaspard)1586113950.0
@waltshaub @MaryGeise Ain't it a shame. The Queen is what we all need today.— @ironsharky (@@ironsharky)1586123281.0
The Queen has a long history of bringing a sense of stability to her subjects.
England has a ridiculous PM but at least they have Queen Elizabeth. We only have a ridiculous president. I’m going… https://t.co/QV8jcNPltR— stuart stevens (@stuart stevens)1586125127.0
@driverminnie I bet she won't be showing off about her ratings tomorrow!— Paul Burton (@Paul Burton)1586113977.0
Someone tell the president of 🇺🇲 That's how you do a public address. #QueensSpeech— Oliver Phelps (@Oliver Phelps)1586113583.0
The Queen ended her speech by giving all who were watching a glimpse of the bright future.
I’m not a monarchist but I believe we are so bloody fortunate to have HM the Queen as our head of state. In 3 minut… https://t.co/izyeKrMoL2— Gerry Stergiopoulos (@Gerry Stergiopoulos)1586115329.0
"The pride in who we are is not a part of the past. It defines our present and future ... Better days will return.… https://t.co/xVMItBGIUS— Matt Goodwin (@Matt Goodwin)1586113593.0
"We will be with our families again. We will meet again." Tough times ahead, but HM is certainly a symbol of, despi… https://t.co/WRP0jVeCTG— John Nichol (@John Nichol)1586113914.0
Though most Americans never get the chance, there's never been a better time to say: God save the Queen!