THE QUEEN sent a message of solidarity to the nation as coronavirus begins to grip the UK.
As the coronavirus spreads through the UK, the Queen urged Britons to work together in order to alleviate its impact. Her words of support came as the death toll in England rose once again to 44, with a further 3,269 confirmed as having contracted the virus.
The 93-year-old praised the work of scientists, medics and emergency staff, but added that everyone has a “vitally important part to play”.
Shortly after the Queen’s message came Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s daily briefing.
Here, Mr Johnson said he believed the UK cold “turn the tide” in the next 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, the monarch said she and her family “stand ready to play our part”.
She asked the nation to work together to overcome the virus currently gripping the country (Image: GETTY)
The message came shortly after Boris Johnson gave his daily briefing on the virus (Image: GETTY)
The Queen had already cancelled several official duties because of the crisis.
She has since travelled to Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh where they will stay in isolation.
The Duke was flown there by helicopter from Sandringham estate where he had been staying.
In her statement, the Queen said: “Our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one.
The Queen and Prince Phillip are currently in isolation in Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)
“We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.
“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 added: “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.
Schools in England and Wales are being closed from Friday (Image: GETTY)
Supermarkets across the UK have been left empty after Britons fear a full-scale lockdown (Image: GETTY)
“You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.”
Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that changes were being made to her diary commitments “as a sensible precaution”.
Among the events cancelled: garden parties, along with visits to several UK towns.
Steps you can take to reduce your chances of catching and spreading coronavirus (Image: Express Newspapers)
The government is currently advising everyone in the UK, particularly the over-70s, to avoid all non-essential contact and unnecessary travel.
This leaves the Queen, who is the world’s longest reigning monarch, and Philip, 93 and 98-years-old respectively, particularly vulnerable should they catch coronavirus.
They are now expected to remain at Windsor well after Easter with a limited number of staff.
It is unclear how long government officials believe coronavirus will affect the UK.
The London Underground is partially closed with 40 stations having halted their services on Thursday (Image: GETTY)
In his news briefing, Mr Johnson said he hoped to “get on top of it” within the next three months.
He revealed that trials of a vaccine were expected to begin within a month.
And, he warned that he would “enforce” Londoners to be kept apart “if necessary”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK