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Queen Elizabeth's Rare Address to the Commonwealth and the World Options
Hope123
Posted: Sunday, April 5, 2020 3:27:39 PM

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https://youtu.be/sAmH36G1Xv8

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/we-will-meet-again-queen-urges-strength-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-1.5522615


'We will meet again': Queen urges strength amid coronavirus pandemic

'If we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,' Queen says in rare address


She thanked all the workers and was telling the rest of us in so many words to do our part too by staying home, being careful, and not spreading it. I hope her message will resonate strongly with everyone around the world.
lazarius
Posted: Sunday, April 5, 2020 4:22:12 PM

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Hope123 wrote:
I hope her message will resonate strongly with everyone around the world.

Can not speak for the world but I have listened to her. Though I had to find the address elsewhere:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/queen-coronavirus-speech-address-news-update-live/

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Articulate Dreamer
Posted: Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:48:48 PM

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Hope123 wrote:
https://youtu.be/sAmH36G1Xv8

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/we-will-meet-again-queen-urges-strength-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-1.5522615


'We will meet again': Queen urges strength amid coronavirus pandemic

'If we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,' Queen says in rare address


She thanked all the workers and was telling the rest of us in so many words to do our part too by staying home, being careful, and not spreading it. I hope her message will resonate strongly with everyone around the world.


Applause Applause Applause

It is occasions and responses like this which make one wonder whether we really need to abolish Royalty.
So many world/ country leaders have fallen short in statesmanship.Anxious
Epiphileon
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 4:39:33 AM

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High Hope! I knew next to nothing about the Queen or the modern British Monarchy until I started watching "The Crown". I've only watched the first two seasons and even though I'm sure liberties were taken to fill in much of the storyline she still seems to be a remarkable woman. Have you watched that show, what do you think of it?
Romany
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 7:28:14 AM
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I watched it quite recently Epi, it filled in a lot of gaps. Because of the peripatetic life I've lived I've missed out on entire swathes of modern history!

One thing which didn't come out however, is the ONE thing I know about her: she has the most wicked, dry sense of humour! (and is quite capable of dropping an F-bomb in moments of extreme frustration - probably a habit she picked up in the war? Or from Phillip?)

I was pleased though, that a pretty accurate account of how hard and gruelling her life is. Even on holidays she never get to have a sleep-in because she has to be up early to read dispatches etc. The reason I say "pleased" is because it seems this thing has grown up about Royals lolling about all day doing nothing but raising the occasional hand in a wave!

I make no claim either for or against modern monarchy. However, I do get really peed off at misinformation!
thar
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 8:13:27 AM

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I know very little about the people themselves, but considering what changes she has lived through that directly effect her identity and role, I have to think she has done amazingly. To a woman born in the twenties into a world changing faster than probably any other time in history, in terms of societal change, she has witnessed her father forced into, and suffering to perforom well, a role he dreaded; her mother stand up for her own role (during the blitz, staying in London and being bombed, and as children were evacuated from target cities and they were advised to go to Canada (I think): : "The children will not leave unless I do. I shall not leave unless their father does, and the king will not leave the country in any circumstances, whatever") seeing the last of 'Empire' go, India when she was old enough to understand, and most of the rest within her reign. But then taking a new role in the Commonwealth, not as their queen; The establishment of a 'socialist' framework to the state just after WW2 ( even though not explicit, things like health, education, social security did take on a centralised socialist model, which has survived whatever the style of the government of the day) - the sixties when everyone was going to change the world, the seventies when they realised it was all bullshit, through all that dealing with questions about her role and abolition of the monarchy. And terrorists trying to murder her family for government policies she had no say in. All the time raising children who are having problems finding their own roles and identities. I can't imagine what that must have been like to have to negotiate your way through all of that.

Sorry if this is off-topic. I haven't seen the content of the address, so this is just me spewing general thoughts.
lazarius
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 9:03:42 AM

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thar wrote:
I haven't seen the content of the address

It is in our central media:

https://tass.ru/obschestvo/8167721

They never inform us when Donald Trump or Boris Johnson speak.

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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:28:46 AM

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In a Russian novel "The Master And Margarita" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_and_Margarita) Woland (presented as the "devil", but that's another topic) says (my translation): Blood is a great thing.
(meaning genes)

I am now sitting at home as many people are now compelled to do (Romany was right. Did she know it?? Our one week-off turned into a whole month off, and that's still open-ended), and I watch BBC regularly. Not that I like the policy of the channel, but to me this is a window to what is going on in Britain. And I love much of what I see. Resilience and historical strength, this is based on centuries of being in charge. And although Britain and Russia have often been competitors or at times even enemies, I'd rather see the world being controlled by strong rivals than by incapable weaklings. There's something to it more fundamental than today's wins and loses.

Congratulations on your Queen's address. You're a great nation, and I do wish you well in this terrible turmoil.
thar
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 1:59:29 PM

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I have just listened to it.

For those that may not have got the reference, We'll Meet Again was a popular song in WW2, for obvious reasons. An anthem, pretty much.

Vera Lynn
we'll meet again
Hope123
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:15:51 PM

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I love how the Queen mentioned self discipline and quiet good-humoured resolve. That is exactly what is needed in the world right now.

"I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past. It defines our present and our future.


Vera Lynn was 103 on March 20. She was born 1917.

Thar, I got kind of teary eyed when I clicked on your link and listened to the song.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Lynn
Hope123
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020 11:32:35 PM

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Lazarius, thanks for the translation. So glad other countries besides the UK and the Commonwealth listen to her.

This is only the fifth time, I believe, that the Queen has addressed her people except for her Christmas address every year. Since it is so rare it is a big deal.

Unfortunately it may be a while before Boris Johnson speaks again. He is in ICU because of the Covid-19 but last news said he was not on a ventilator.

Kirill, wouldn't it be nice if, as well as citizens of great countries getting along, that their governments could cooperate too?

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