Royal reveal: How Queen channelled courage of ‘wartime generation’ to fight COVID-19

Royal reveal: How Queen channelled courage of ‘wartime generation’ to fight COVID-19

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, have all shown their support to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. Last week saw Prince William thank care workers, via a video call, for the personal sacrifices they have had to make during the crisis.

The Queen and many other senior royals also led tributes to healthcare workers around the world when they marked International Nurses Day on 12 May.

The role of the Royal Family is one of symbolism and provides a point of unity for the nation amidst the ongoing crisis.

Nicholas Dungan is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan organisation which promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs.

He explained the way that the Royal Family are exercising their role in the UK has changed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The role of the Royal Family is one of symbolism and provides a point of unity for the nation (Image: getty)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown their support to the nation (Image: getty)

Speaking to Express.co.uk he said: “They adapted very quickly to a clever combination of physical distancing and social closeness.”

Mr Dungan highlighted how the Queen has maintained her role effectively amid the pandemic.

He continued: “Her Majesty the Queen took the lead in doing what she does better than anyone: conveying respect, generating respect and reassuring the people.

“She spoke to the nation, the Commonwealth and the world more frequently during this pandemic than ever before.”

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The way the Royal Family are exercising their role in the UK has changed during the pandemic (Image: getty)

Mr Dungan also noted the importance of the Queen as an embodiment of the wartime generation.

He continued: “She has also begun to go further in casting herself as the embodiment of the courage and virtues of the wartime generation, which she began to do at Portsmouth for the 70th anniversary of D-Day when she said she spoke for ‘the whole free world’.

“And she picked up the phone to call Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand’s Prime Minister), reasserting her role as Queen of the dominions as well.”

Mr Dungan explains that while the Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care, the Queen and many other senior royals united the British public.

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The Queen has maintained her role effectively amid the pandemic (Image: getty)

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On Thursday the Duke of Cambridge’s new documentary was released (Image: getty)

He said: “The Queen, and many other members of the Royal Family, were active and visible in a humanist, caring, genuine outreach to all sorts of British people—nobody was forgotten, whether care workers, the postman, the elderly.

“And all this was magnified by an extremely sophisticated use of videoconferences and social media.”

On Thursday the new documentary, which follow’s the Duke of Cambridge’s campaign to encourage British men to open up about mental health, was released.

During the film titled “Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health”, Prince William meets players and fans of the sport from grassroots level to the elite to discuss mental health challenges.

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Royal UK residences (Image: Express.co.uk)

On their Instagram page, Kensington Royal claim that the ‘Heads Up’ campaign has kicked off the biggest ever conversation on mental health through football.

The human nature led approach which the Royal Family are utilising during this pandemic could be a key motivation for British people.

Mr Dungan explains how the monarchy are providing a dignified and uplifting form of leadership.

He highlighted how during a time when the UK is still divided as a society post-Brexit and “engaged in soul-searching and facing an identity crisis”, the Royal Family offers a different kind of leadership.

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The monarchy are providing a dignified and uplifting form of leadership (Image: getty)

He said: “The Queen, and generation after generation of the Royal Family—before her such as her father King George VI, around her today, those who will come after her, especially those in the line of succession, but not only—provides a dignified, uplifting, caring rallying point for the nation.”

He added: “So long as they continue to focus not on themselves but on others, their approach should continue to be exceptionally effective, and enhance the respect for the monarchy.”

Currently in the UK there are 38,161 confirmed deaths due to coronavirus and 271 thousand confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Published at Fri, 29 May 2020 21:44:00 +0000