The Queen gave a remarkably stirring speech yesterday to soothe the rattled nerves of her countrymen. It was only the fourth time in her 68 year reign that she has addressed the public outside of her annual Christmas day speech… and to her eternal credit there were no rambling narcissistic asides, no lashing out at the failing media, no pushing of hydrochloroquine (or whatever the hell it’s called) and no toadying lackeys kissing her ass. Just Good Queen Bess, at her calm, empathetic, and dignified best.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. 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.
“Together we are tackling this disease,’ she said, ‘and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it. I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and the future.’
“Today, once again,’ she said last night, ‘many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.’
The Queen ended with this rally-cry: ‘We should take comfort that while we have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.’
That last bit was where I started choking up.
As most Britons over 40 no doubt realized, the “We will meet again” line was most likely a reference to the inspirational World War II song “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn.
I listened to it last night and it and by GOD, it still packs a wallop.
Listen to it below.
And from what I gather, Dame Vera Lynn is STILL around! WOW.
And she's still with us. https://t.co/C6laGk20B5— Benjamin Cook (@benjamin_cook) April 5, 2020