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Queen's secret weapon: How monarch has unified Britons through crisis after crisis


The Queen has been leading the country with a steady hand for 68 years, during which she never failed to maintain the necessary composure to be an impartial head of state. The monarch became a beloved and unifying symbol of the ever-changing country also thanks to her measured and composed speeches, according to an expert. 

Ted Mentele, editor in didactics at language learning app Babbel, told Express.co.uk: “Unequivocally, the Queen has made a lasting impact on British society through the power of her speeches, lending her resilience and composure to her public in order to provide comfort in times of need.

“As the longest-reigning ruler that the United Kingdom has ever had, Queen Elizabeth II has stoically seen the country through war, countless governments and several disruptive eras.

“During her reign, the UK has experienced many cultural shifts, spanning the swinging sixties, Margaret Thatcher’s Government, which ushered in enormous social change, and now through a global pandemic, which has caused every individual to reflect on our modern society and culture as a whole. 

 “In times of uncertainty and upheaval, the Queen has stood before the British public

– impartial, reassuring and encouraging.

“She is a symbol of British hardiness, adaptiveness and that famous ‘stiff upper lip’.

“Public speaking events have remained a dominant part of the Queen’s attempt to engage with, unite and inspire her people. 

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“The most weighty of these speeches now include her coronavirus speech in April 2020 – which was watched by over 24 million people.

“Language has always had power – it is why we connect with plays, books and lyrics.

“So, it stands to reason that Queen Elizabeth II’s speeches have gone some way in shaping the relationship we have with the monarch, as well as British society as a whole.”


Since the pandemic started sweeping over Britain in March, the Queen has issued several statements and addressed the country twice.

While remaining impartial and careful not to enter in the realm of politics, the monarch has managed with her national addresses to move Britons’ spirits and unify the UK at a time people are required to stay apart.

In the televised speech released in April, the monarch rallied spirits drawing a similarity between wartime and the coronavirus crisis. 

Recalling her first speech in 1940, when she urged children like herself to be brave, the monarch told Britons to draw courage from their past while be positive better times will come.   

Similarly, in May, the Queen marked the anniversary of VE Day with another speech, in which she recalled her lasting memories of the end of World War 2 as well as her father’s key speech.

She said: “Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day. 

“I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

“The sense of joy in the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be further sacrifice.

“It was not until August that fighting in the Far East ceased and the war finally ended.”   


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