The Queen is a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose family has always been central to her life. She's not about to let the coronavirus pandemic stop her from communicating with loved ones, and just like many reading this, she wants to use video chat to stay in touch with them!
Her Majesty relocated to Windsor Castle last week, where she began an early Easter break with Prince Philip. The two will likely stay there after the holiday, and the Queen has also cancelled a number of engagements on her calendar due to COVID-19 concerns.
There are security concerns in setting up phone calls and video chats for the monarch, but aides are figuring out the best way to do it, the Telegraph reported this week.
"Like many of the population, this is one of the ways she will try and keep in touch with her family and friends," a source told the publication.
Many find comfort in hearing messages from the Queen, and we bet her closest family members are relieved to hear the woman they call mum, grandma and gan-gan is just a short call away.
The Queen is also set to make a national address to the United Kingdom about the coronavirus, new reports say. On the weekend, The Sunday Times said it's not a question if Her majesty will speak to the country, but when. She's figuring out the best way to do it and what that will look like, the publication reported. Her Majesty has not made such an address since the death of the Queen Mother in 2002.
The UK went into lockdown on March 23. This effectively bans people from leaving their homes except for essential reasons such as getting groceries or going to work if their workplace is considered an essential service.
As of this writing, the World Health Organization says there have been more than 372,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 194 countries, areas or territories. The UK has more than 6,600 of those cases. The illness has caused more than 16,000 deaths worldwide.