Her Majesty then gave a shout out to NHS front line heathcare workers, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles to support the United Kingdom.
“I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times,” she added.
“I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones.”
Her Majesty then urged people to stay “strong” and remain united so that future generations can look back and take pride in knowing how they responded to the pandemic.
“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” she said.
“The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future. The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children,” she continued.
Her Majesty then drew emphasis on how self-isolation, although terrible, was still an opportunity for many Brits to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.
Next, the Queen reflected on her first broadcast to evacuated children in 1940, where she likened the “painful sense of separation” to the current COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.
“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,” she added.
Her Majesty concluded by offering some words of encouragement to those who may be struggling with the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds.
“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. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all,” she said.