U.K. Prime Minister Johnson in Hospital as Queen Tells Britons to Be Strong

By Kurt Stolz on 5 April 2020
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Buckingham Palace in London

Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II addressed the nation Sunday evening concerning the coronavirus pandemic, her prime minister, Boris Johnson, was admitted to hospital.

Mr. Johnson told the world ten days ago that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

The British government said that Mr. Johnson planned to continue to carry out his duties from his hospital bed and would undergo additional tests.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the queen said in her speech, which was recorded in Windsor Castle, and which evoked the tone the address given by her father, George VI, when the country was close to war with Germany.

Her address evoked the country’s darkest days during the Second World War, calling it “a time of disruption in the life of our country, a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”

Much in the manner of her father’s speech, she appealed to typical British traits in how she framed her comments.

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she said, adding that she hoped that  “those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.”

The queen’s son, Prince Philip, who is heir to the throne, had Covid-19 and has already recovered.


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