Buckingham Palace says Her Majesty's speech will be broadcast at 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. EDT and 12 p.m. PDT here in Canada). It was pre-recorded at Windsor Castle, where she has been staying with Prince Philip since March 19.
Aside from her annual Christmas speech, the 93-year-old monarch has rarely addressed the UK population. She's done so four times: In 1991, when she spoke about the United Kingdom's involvement in the Gulf War; in 1997, after the death of Princess Diana; in 2002, after the death of the Queen Mother; and in 2012, as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The speech comes as the world has passed a grim milestone. On April 3, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reported there have been more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide. More than 38,000 of those have been in the United Kingdom. The coronavirus has caused more than 55,000 deaths worldwide, while more than 221,000 people have recovered from the illness it causes.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has directly affected the Royal Family, and Prince Charles is one of those people who has recovered. Clarence House announced the Prince of Wales had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 25. Five days later, he ended his period of self-isolation at the Birkhall home he and Duchess Camilla share on the Royal Family's Balmoral estate in Scotland. The two are still reportedly there, following government recommendations on health and staying indoors.
The Queen has remained in good health despite Charles contracting the virus. Last month, Her Majesty also issued a special statement about COVID-19, encouraging everyone to do their part to defeat the novel coronavirus.
The 93-year-old monarch acknowledged the anxiety and difficulties many people have faced not just due to infections, but also with regard to the future. Many of us worldwide have begun social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and in some cases, are in lockdowns in an effort to defeat COVID-19 in what many are calling an unprecedented moment. On March 23, the U.K. government announced its own lockdown.
"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," the Queen said.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 19, 2020
"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."