In what was the fifth time ever that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has delivered a message to the United Kingdom, that wasn’t at Christmas time – recent examples being the death of Princess Diana, and the death of the Queen Mother.
Today’s message was also broadcast to the Commonwealth of Nations, of which Malta forms a part of.
In a deeply moving and personal message, the Queen reflected on how difficult it is for many spending time apart during the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” she said.
The 93-year-old monarch also praised the work of those keeping the UK going and putting their own lives at risk, “I want to thank everyone on the NHS frontline, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all.”
Reflecting on the worldwide nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, she said: “While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.
“This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.
“We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”