LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England. The Commonwealth represents 2.4 billion people and 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

It was announced on Friday, that Queen Elizabeth II has recorded a special message, which will be broadcast this Sunday evening. She will address the nation amid the COVID-19 outbreak from her home in Windsor Castle, where she’s been self-isolating with Prince Philip. The prerecorded message will be televised on 8pm on Sunday, 5 April.

A statement was released by the royal family, which says: “On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST)‬, Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast.‬ ‪As well as on television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on @theroyalfamily social media channels.”

The Queen rarely gives “off-calendar” speeches, and in the history of her reign, this is only her forth. Her previous off-calendar addresses to the nation included the queen mother’s funeral, the death of Princess Diana, and during the Gulf War.

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