It was announced on Friday that Queen Elizabeth II has recorded a special message, which will be broadcast this Sunday evening. She will address the nation amid the COVID-19 outbreak from her home in Windsor Castle, where she’s been self-isolating with Prince Philip. The prerecorded message will be televised on 8 p.m. on Sunday, 5 April.
A statement was released by the royal family, which says: “On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST), Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast. As well as on television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on @theroyalfamily social media channels.”
The Queen rarely gives “off-calendar” speeches, and in the history of her reign, this is only her forth. Her previous off-calendar addresses to the nation included the queen mother’s funeral, the death of Princess Diana, and during the Gulf War.