'Protect the most vulnerable': The Queen's plea amid coronavirus pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II has addressed the Commonwealth with a stirring message. Photo: Getty ImageS

Queen Elizabeth II has urged people to ‘protect the most vulnerable’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 93-year-old addressed the Commonwealth with a statement released on Thursday morning, urging compassion, and giving encouragement as every nation battles against the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

There have been 710 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia as of 9.30am on Friday, March 20, with a death toll of 6.

The Queen implored people to ‘come together to work as one’, and insisted that everyone has a ‘vitally important’ role to play in limiting the spread of the illness.

In particular, she urged people as much as possible to stay at home to protect vulnerable groups, including elderly people and those who are immunocompromised.

“As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty,” she said in the statement.

Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Getty Images

She highlighted the need to take measures ‘for the greater good’, and to make the advised changes to daily life – including social distancing – in order to protect those most at risk.

"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,” she said.

She drew on the United Kingdom’s history of overcoming adversity, saying the country’s history was ‘forged by people and communities coming together to work as one’.

The monarch went on to thank frontline workers, calling on all people to rise to the challenge facing us.

"We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services,” she said. “But now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months.”

And despite being vulnerable to the illness herself, Queen Elizabeth assured people the royal family ‘stand ready to play [their] part’.

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Prince Harry is also said to be concerned for his grandmother Queen Elizabeth. He is said to be self-isolating in his new Candian home with wife Meghan and baby Archie.

Read the full statement below:

Photo: Getty Images

As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.

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.

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.

We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals - today and in the coming days, weeks and months.

Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.

ELIZABETH R

Reporting by Bang! Showbiz

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