‘Something I could’ve done without’. Queen delivers heartfelt message to the nation amid the pandemic.
Millions of people tuned in to watch the monarch’s recent broadcast. The transcript of this rare address can be found below.
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 been rather a pain in the backside, a massive inconvenience and, quite frankly, something I could’ve done without.
Yes, well done to the NHS etc etc. Essential workers… front line, er, people and so on. Those of you who are the key workers, the key… janglers, I send my gratitude. I do hope you’ve managed to muddle through and have a jolly good laugh along the way. Who needs a vaccine when, after all, laughter is the best medicine.
Those of you who are staying at home, you lazy buggers, I hope the banana bread baking and the stream of new, pointless hobbies haven’t become too tiresome for you. I’m sure many of you assumed the pandemic would prevent you from partaking in long, detailed, tedious conversations with distant relatives. But I’d like to thank Zoom for swooping in and bursting that bubble. If you pardon the lockdown pun. Oh, and I must ‘shout out’ to Fergie, who has just mastered embroidery. I’m so glad I got to follow that journey SO closely.
I hope in years to come you’ll all remember just how useless most of you were in this time, and it will bring you down a peg or two. This generation is incredibly, astoundingly and extraordinarily idle. Moreover, the attributes of self-discipline and fellow-feeling are absolutely nowhere to be seen. They seem to have disappeared along with any sense of pride, dignity, and if I’m honest, charisma Britons once possessed. What a disappointing lot you’ve turned out to be.
Whilst we have faced challenges before, this one is different. The frustration and mind games induced by Tik Tok, in particular, have put a rather irritating spin on things. And I hold my hands up. I am addicted.
Amid current events I can’t help but be reminded of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke utter rubbish. Didn’t have the faintest idea what to say. And I’m feeling very much the same right now. Really, this is all filler. A load of bollocks. And I see Boris is following my lead.
We should, however, take comfort that better days will return. We will meet again. Don’t know where, don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.
I send my thanks and warmest good wishes. Ta ta for now. Mwah mwah.