Flower Lover Queen Elizabeth Inspires with Easter Speech to Nation

 

We wanted to give a moment of thanks to the great Queen Elizabeth, she who has been a world leader for over seven decades, for the comforting speech she recently gave.

Here was her Easter comments that she just gave.

“This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe. Easter isn’t canceled. Indeed, we need Easter as much as ever. We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be, particularly for those suffering with grief, light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”
This follows a recent speech she gave to the nation that resonated with the whole world.

How wonderfully reassuring and profound that she was able to invoke World War II in a speech to her nation and remind the British people, as well as all people on earth, to carry on. We do love the Brits for their belief in service as well as being besotted about flowers and gardening like us. 

You may not know this about me, but prior to starting FlowerPowerDaily, I was a speechwriter and worked for a short time in politics before becoming a newspaper columnist and CNN and CBS television reporter.

This speech will be remembered – not only for the words but who was delivering it. Because there are few people on the planet who have the clout, class and perspective as Queen Elizabeth II.

Here is the text to her speech for you to savor and hopefully be inspired by. As she said, “We will succeed and better days will come.”

“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.

I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.

I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, 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 the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.

The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit, and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.

Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbors, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.

And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.

It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, 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.

While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us. We should take comfort that while we may 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. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.

As a side note, did you notice that the background of her room didn’t include family photos as in the past for the holiday remarks? At 93, she is so subtly but effectively smart. According to Royal Family reporter Diane Clehane, if family photos were featured, it would have diverted attention and obscured the overall message of unity, service, sacrifice and patience. Instead, the Queen had a bowl of ruby red roses in a blue and white porcelain vase next to her. Because as we know, flowers are neutral and bring both calm and beauty to the environment.

 

Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.