Queen Elizabeth II posts message about coronavirus: ‘My family and I stand ready to play our part’

Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement Thursday about the novel coronavirus, offering a reminder of the “vitally important part” every person plays in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“As (Prince) 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,” reads the statement.

As more people around the world enter self-isolation, changing normal routines and regular patterns of life is for the “greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them,” said the Queen.

The Queen concluded her statement with a message of hope.

“Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe,” she said.

“I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”

On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement a number of changes to the Queen‘s personal schedule during the COVID-19 outbreak, including many cancellations of events she typically attends.

She’s arrived at Windsor on Thursday, a week earlier than planned, for the Easter holidays. Her annual garden parties, as well as the Maundy Service at St. George’s Chapel on April 9, have been cancelled to prevent the virus’s spread.

Guests invited to the parties, the statement continues, will be extended an invitation for ones in 2021 so they can still attend.

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