Queen Elizabeth will be making a special address to the public this weekend, regarding the current coronavirus pandemic.
The royal family announced the news Friday in an Instagram post. “On Sunday 5th April at 8 pm (BST). Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast,” they captioned the post. “As well as on television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on @theroyalfamily social media channels.”
We first learned of the queen’s address last week, when The Times revealed that the speech would be only the fourth of its kind that she's delivered.
“It is a question of when, not if," a Buckingham Palace aide told the Times. "The value of an address by the Queen is that it is so rare—it’s a case of when is the optimum time to do it. The Queen wants to get it right.”
Her Majesty hasn't made a speech like this since 2002, when she spoke on the eve of her mother’s funeral. Last month, the monarch penned a powerful note addressing the British people’s ability to come together.
“As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, 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 wrote. "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. At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.”
We’ll definitely be tuning in.