Queen and senior royals provide much needed BOOST to nation’s morale during lockdown


THE QUEEN and other senior royal’s have been praised for raising the nation’s spirits and providing a much needed boost during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have helped to raise the nation’s spirits during a time of national crisis. A royal expert has praised the royals for the work they have carried out during the coronavirus lockdown, and particularly commended the Queen for airing two “significant” national broadcasts over the past few months.

Richard Fitzwilliams, a leading royal commentator, has said the Royal Family have made a “great deal of difference” to the nation throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, the expert said the royals have come into their own in recent months and been able to be a focal point of positivity.

He particularly commended the Queen for airing two national broadcasts, the first specifically relating to the pandemic, and the second in celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE day.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The benefits of monarchy is that it is not linked to a political party.

“The best example of this, the Queen’s two broadcasts.

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The Royal Family has been praised for boosting the nation’s spirits during the coronavirus crisis (Image: Getty)

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Queen Elizabeth II attends Trooping The Colour at Windsor Castle on June 13 (Image: Getty)

“If you actually take the spread of that in the news, in newspapers and on social media – it is just phenomenal.

“I think it got to pretty much everyone in the country and that shows the reach the royals have got.”

The first broadcast, which directly addressed the pandemic, was watched by 24million TV viewers – without including people who viewed the speech via catch-up services.

Over 8million viewers tuned in to watch the Queen’s VE Day speech.

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The Queen’s coronavirus broadcast was watched by over 24million viewers (Image: Getty)

He added: “The fact that the Duke is 99 and the Queen at 94 isolating at Windsor but nonetheless have been able to have this extraordinary reach because they are who they are.”

The royal commentator said the broadcasts were particularly powerful because the Queen very rarely makes them outside of her annual Christmas message.

In fact, the monarch has carried out just six in her 68 year reign – two of which were aired during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.

Commenting specifically on the TV broadcasts, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “With VE day where she was there herself and also with the pandemic where she was able to quote from the personal experience of the last time that we had an emergency on this level.

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Trooping the Colour was marked with a military ceremony (Image: Getty)

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Prince William met with scientists working at the Oxford Vaccine centre this week (Image: Getty)

“I think that did make a great deal of difference and it was very significant.”

Mr Fitzwilliams said the Queen’s mini Trooping the Colour was also very successful. 

The royal expert also praised other members of the Royal Family who have been working hard throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

He particularly praised the Cambridges for their numerous video calls and TV appearances.

Mr Fitzwilliams also noted that Kate’s photographs of the family, which are typically shared on social media to mark birthdays and national celebrations, would give the public “a great deal of pleasure”.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited London’s NSPCC childline centre earlier this month (Image: NSPCC)

He said the most recent photographs, released to mark Father’s Day, were especially joyous as it showed Prince William candidly playing with his three children.

But other royals have also carried out virtual duties during the pandemic, including Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Sarah Ferguson has also launched Story Time with Fergie and Friends, where she reads children’s books online.

Mr Fitzwilliams praised the royals for sharing the workloads and spreading the activities out between them.

He said such a move had worked “very successfully”.