The Queen finally offers some words of comfort about the global pandemic

State Opening of Parliament 2019

The royal courtiers would have you believe that Queen Elizabeth always moves at a glacial pace, no matter what issue she’s facing. They’re wrong. You’re wrong to believe that. You know how I know that it’s a lie? Because one day after Jeffrey Epstein mysteriously died in a jail cell in New York, the Queen was riding to church with a smug-looking Prince Andrew. That was on purpose, and it was organized in a DAY. That petty old hussy moves fast when she wants to. She just didn’t want to move fast when it came to comforting her people or helping to provide them with life-saving information. The Queen waited too long to move from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, where she will stay in semi-isolation for several weeks. She was still surrounded by staff and carrying out “duties” as of Wednesday. On Thursday, she finally went to Windsor. And then she released a statement to her people:

“As 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.

“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.

“We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.”

“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.”

[Via People]

Not to beat everybody over the head with this, but it shouldn’t be THIS hard. Things shouldn’t move this slow. I know I have no room to talk considering I’m an American and Donald Trump is a f–king idiot, but even HE changed his tune faster than the Queen of England. I mean, she issued this statement more than a day after the Sussexes (who got kicked out the royal family, on her orders) and after her grandson William issued his statement, because he’s plotting a keen coronavirus regency.

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  1. Mac says:

    Since Johnson, like Trump, views this as a political issue, if the queen had issued a statement sooner, it would have appeared political.

    • s says:

      Precisely. It is not the Queen’s role to act (on issues affecting the UK) without the permission of her government…period.

    • Sarah says:

      I disagree. Irrespective of how the government is/was choosing to act it has been clear for some days that this will hit us hard and the fear and anxiety in the general population was showing last week when the panic buying started in earnest. A statement at that point encouraging people to look after each other and heed advice would not have been political, if would have been sensitive to the mood of our country. Going about your business when huge numbers of large organisations are already splitting teams and making people work from home (also last week) is not a helpful message to send.

      • Becks1 says:

        Right? I don’t understand the “a statement would have been political.” I mean, I guess, depending on the statement, but even just a brief statement saying “we know this is a confusing time, our nation has a long history of surviving, we are here with you” would have been fine.

        Every time this discussion comes up the argument has to be – what is the point of the monarchy? If the queen cant issue a very benign statement in the midst of a global pandemic, because of Boris Johnson, then what is her purpose?

      • ABritGuest says:

        I agree Sarah. A week ago today Boris Johnson said this was the worst public health crisis in a generation& that many people in the U.K. would lose loved ones. He had made clear the gravity of the situation even if U.K. govt measures were lacking at that point.

        It didn’t need almost a week after that for the Queen to finally say something especially as her eventual statement was pretty basic- thoughts and prayers& her family are ready to help if they can etc. Basic words of comfort could have been said earlier. The vacuum of leadership after Boris’ statement last Friday about multiple deaths had people panicking& rushing out to bulk buy etc.

        She stays proving that her and her staff are pretty useless in a crisis even as just a figurehead.

    • AGreatDane says:

      People asked her to say something comforting, since she’s the nation’s granny or whatever, not give out guidance or…influence a vote or anything like that…it really shouldn’t have taken that long, she doesn’t serve any other function lol

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Does it really matter what one under-educated, rich old woman who lives in a golden bubble has to say? The whole idea of a monarchy is bizarre to me, as is their subjects’ eagerness to bow and scrape to them.

    • Lizzie says:

      Maybe she could have said to listen to health experts, wash your hands and don’t make light of it like my idiot grandson.

    • Desdemona says:

      Isn’t he Queen suppposed to be “the head of state”? What are her powers and obligations? Flaunting around?
      Our president has powers , if a law is issued and he considers it might be unconstitutional, he sends it to the Constitutional Court for analysis, he can call for the State of Emergency – which he has done amidst this Covid-19 crisis; the government then decides which are going to be the measures of such State of Emergency (which are going to be applied and which are left out); he’s the Head of the Military Forces, the army obeys him, not the government; he can dissolve the parliament and call for new elections..
      What does the Queen do??? I really don’t understand…
      I guess they ‘re just pretending to be important while spending people’s tax money…. She has to be apolitical (no political opinion). My president too, he can’t express favouring a party over another one, he has to be neutral, but he has obligations…

      • MangoAngel says:

        “Isn’t he Queen suppposed to be “the head of state”? What are her powers and obligations? Flaunting around?”

        The only thing that popped into my head was the Twelfth Doctor and his declared enjoyment of “poncing about in a big plane” during the Zygon invasion.

  2. Ali says:

    Well this pandemic means she has to be with her husband again.

    I wonder if prince Philip’s mistress comes along too?

    • Becks1 says:

      To be honest, I don’t understand that. Philip has been on the Sandringham estate for a long time at this point, why move him to Windsor?

      • s says:

        Both of them were going to go to Windsor in a week anyway for Easter. They just moved those plans forward a week in anticipation that travel will be more difficult in a week.

        As for why they did not do it sooner… they hoped to stick to their original schedule but it became obvious this week they could not — same with the British schools.

      • Becks1 says:

        Ah, I didn’t realize he was going to Windsor with her. That makes sense.

    • lucy2 says:

      From what I remember of Windsor, there’s plenty of space. They certainly won’t be holed up in an apartment together.

      • Harper says:

        I think it’s a reckless move considering Philip was probably nicely contained at Sandringham but the Queen has been mingling in London every day it seems. There may be plenty of space in Windsor but the staff probably attends to both of them. Who cares about optics at this time?

  3. line says:

    She is always late when serious things happen to her people (all the other European sovereigns have published a video) but when it concerns her favorite son pedo -Andrew and his money she acts immediately.

    And it’s still the same old excuse. It cannot pronounce because it is too political, she must await the order of the government. In the case of the coronavirus, there were already a significant number of deaths, consequently she could record a message for the victims and their families (like the other royal families) but she did not do so.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Margrethe of Denmark spoke on live TV – and she didn’t just speak comforting words about endurance and community spirit, she also admonished a section of the populace who still can’t figure out to act responsibly to protect their fellow citizens. Daisy knows how to deliver a firm admonishment, even if the language is polite.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      One Royal Reporter kept on saying that she was ‘leaving it to the politicians’. Whenever the time comes to do anything good, it’s always too ‘political’.

  4. Cocococococo says:

    The Queen can’t make statements at odds with Government. This has nothing to do with the Sussex’s announcement

    • Lowrider says:

      If she can’t make a simple statement of comfort, then what is her point as head of state?

    • minx says:

      She could have made some bland statement, just to let people know that she still has a pulse. She can’t even go through the motions anymore.

  5. Carrie says:

    “I and my family stand ready to help” or words to that effect. Well donate. Spare some of your millions. Why are you always asking us plebs for money while you get to keep all of yours?? Your son the alleged pedo also has quite a bit. Ask him to donate as well.

  6. Ainsley7 says:

    Andrew being at church with the Queen the day after Epstein’s death was easily arranged because that’s where he was going to be anyway on Sunday morning while on vacation in Balmoral. All Andrew had to do was call the paps.

    The Queen had to follow the government’s advice. They were advising business as usual, speeding up the spread among the healthy, and accepting that deaths will happen until late Monday this week. So, the Queen was expected to carry on as usual and she did as she was told.

    • Aria says:

      Queen and royal family have lot more power in British government than public knows. Releasing statement does not harm anyone unless it’s her pedo son. Queen publicly interfered the scottish independence and voters change their mind according david Cameron. So its yes they will act when it suits them. Personally she doesnt have any sympathy towards other people. She and kate are the woman who sit there and watched tabloids bullying Meghan and archie , did nothing . Karma is a bitch, queen is paying for that via her favorite sons daughter marrying like criminal hiding from people. Wait and watch keen Kate will pay for her role. I hope it’s not her kids.

    • Nic919 says:

      Last Friday the Boris was already saying it was a serious issue so there was no reason for a one week delay. She would not be opposing the government by sending a message of comfort. Hundreds have already died in the UK.

  7. Alexandria says:

    The Queen does pretty much what the government has to tell her, I think 99% of the time. So I’m not sure what’s her role for besides assurance or appearance of stability. Wouldn’t it be better to just rely on a government for action and a voted head of state for assurance?

  8. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    A wee bit late there, Betty. She could have released a simple statement of comfort earlier. This doesn’t have to be political. People are dying, FFS.

  9. Guest with Cat says:

    I personally don’t find anything about her remotely comforting. President Trump is my go-to for reassurance because he’s like a big sweet teddy bear /extreme sarcasm.

    The Sussexes posted her message on their Instagram and the indignation apparently is quite off the charts on their comments. People are saying they are no longer royals so they have no right.

    I do find it interesting that they did post that on their Instagram. Maybe they left the UK on good terms with grandma and feel the kinship.

    Meanwhile I’ve seen in some publications on my Apple News that Harry will leave Meghan and Archie and “put his family first” in their time of need by resuming his royal duties and helping William rule as regent. What. The. F.

    I’d say putting his family first would mean he does the exact opposite.

  10. Annie says:

    Times like this show just how useless all the monarchs are. The King of Spain hasn’t done anything of value either. Why are they still a thing? What is their purpose? They can’t offer comfort to the people, they don’t donate money, they’re not helping anyone right now. So shameful.

  11. BedazzleSmokingGun says:

    She could have said earlier something like, don’t forget to wash your hands!
    Between this and her silence towards the treatment to H&M, fewer and fewer people are going to care about her, plus there will be no crowds for her to feel important, to cheer for her. She’s staying home, now.
    It will be an ending to her rein that she didn’t see coming: no one around to wave.

    • booboocita says:

      If the depiction of the Queen’s character in The Crown” is accurate, she may not be all that unhappy about losing the adulation of the crowds. She’s very introverted, at least to my eyes. A vacation from pasting on a smile and waving at folks might be a welcome thing for her.

      There have been times when I’ve admired the woman, and times when she’s irritated the s*it out of me. Either way, I’ve never, ever found her to be particularly warm or caring — unlike, say, Diana. And no, I’m not a Diana fan. But I did admire her mastery of PR, and her ability to convey feeling and establish human connections. I’m astonished that the Queen, in all her decades of “service,” has remained distant, unable to profit from Diana’s example. The birth of her grandchildren didn’t soften her up much, nor the stress and pain of her children’s divorces. She just sails on, regal, unruffled, and untouched. Ugh.

  12. Faye G says:

    The Queen is utterly useless.

  13. L4frimaire says:

    Someone , think it was Lainey, called out that she didn’t mention Coronavirus or Covid19,or pandemic. It’s the thing that must not be named.