Queen Elizabeth is set to make a rare TV broadcast. Her Majesty, who broadcasts a message every Christmas, will address the UK and Commonwealth this weekend in a prerecorded video that was tapped at Windsor Castle, where she and Prince Philip are currently under lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak," Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Friday, April 3. The Queen’s message will broadcast Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. EST.
The 93-year-old monarch fled London early last month for Windsor. At the time, the palace said that it is “likely The Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period.” Following her arrival, Her Majesty released a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak. “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,” she said. “Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”
Several changes have been made to the Queen’s schedule “as a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances.” In light of the pandemic, Her Majesty’s garden parties, as well as her annual birthday parade—Trooping the Colour—have been canceled.
It was announced on March 30 that Queen Elizabeth’s son Prince Charles had recovered from coronavirus. Princes William and Harry’s father became the first member of the British royal family to test positive last week. After Clarence House revealed the future King’s test results on March 25, the palace shared on update on Her Majesty’s health saying, "Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”