Her Majesty the Queen has released her first-ever Easter message, as the United Kingdom continues to tackle coronavirus. And the monarch used the opportunity to pass on heartwarming sentiments of hope and light amid the current global pandemic.
The video message, which was shared on Twitter by the royal family, is the Queen’s first-ever Easter address and marks a starkly differently celebration for Queen Elizabeth II, who usually celebrates the Christian holiday with a series of engagements and church services.
“Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness. Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of candles,” the Queen said.
“They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all faiths, and of none. They are lit on birthday cakes and to mark family anniversaries, when we gather happily around a source of light. It unites us.”
She continued: “As darkness falls on the Saturday before Easter Day, many Christians would normally light candles together. In church, one light would pass to another, spreading slowly and then more rapidly as more candles are lit. It’s a way of showing how the good news of Christ’s resurrection has been passed on from the first Easter by every generation until now.
“This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe. But Easter isn’t canceled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever. The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this. We know that coronavirus will not overcome us.”
The Queen speaks of light overcoming darkness, and the hope that Easter symbolises, in a special message recorded to mark the Easter weekend. pic.twitter.com/fTFCOSVBtT
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 11, 2020
Queen Elizabeth wrapped up the message by wishing everyone a “blessed Easter” and stressed that, while times are tough, life will return to normal once the dark days have passed.
“As dark as death can be—particularly for those suffering with grief—light and life are greater,” she concluded. “May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future. I wish everyone of all faiths and denominations a blessed Easter.”
Many royal supporters thanked the Queen for her steadying words on social media. One follower wrote: “I absolutely adore Queen Elizabeth ll. I wish above all else that I had been born in the UK. Queen Elizabeth II is such a beacon of hope.”
Another commented: “It gives a very warm and comforting feeling when you hear words such as these come from what I can only describe as a true leader. And again, showing the world truly what it means to be royal. Ever inspiring, and ever strong. Long live the queen. Thank you.”
While another said: “These are the words we need right now. The steady voice of our Queen and the reminder of Easter. Thank you.”
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"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." Her Majesty The Queen addresses the UK and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle. — visit @theroyalfamily to watch in full.
It comes just days after the Queen bucked tradition and delivered a rallying message to the British public urging them to come together amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Last weekend’s televised address marked the fifth time the monarch has addressed the nation throughout her 68-year reign as monarch.
Speaking from Windsor Castle, where she and Prince Phillip have been self-isolating, the Queen 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.”
She continued: 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 also thanked key workers, saying their hard work “brings us closer to a return to more normal times”.