Yesterday evening, Her Majesty the Queen delivered a striking, powerful and moving televised message. At once reassuring, inspiring and hopeful, her words invoke the national spirit of unity during World War 2, while noting that now “we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour”.
The attributes which the Queen identifies as most important in these difficult days: self-discipline, quiet good-humoured resolve and fellow-feeling. She remarks, “the pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”
Commenting on the speech, BCCI President Tom Noad said:
“Her Majesty’s message, while directed at the UK and Commonwealth, should ring around the world.
Few, if any, of the planet’s leaders can speak with the experience, knowledge and authority of the Queen. And, at nearly 94 years of age, her unwavering commitment to leadership, to service and to uniting, inspiring and reassuring us in such difficult times is nothing short of remarkable.
In moments like this, I am especially proud of being part of the British family in Italy, among whom… the Department for International Trade, the British Embassy in Rome, HMA Jill Morris CMG, HM Consul General Catriona Graham, British Council and many others.”