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Queen is beacon of national union during COVID showing importance of Royal Family -expert

The UK is currently fighting against the deadly outbreak and has the highest death rate across the whole of Europe. With infections rising, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged for local lockdowns.

But during the pandemic, Her Majesty addressed the nation twice. Firstly directly about the pandemic and then a second time on VE Day where she recounted her own experiences.

And now royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, believes the pandemic has shown the importance of the Royal Family.

Speaking to the, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think the future of the Royal Family has been proven during the pandemic.

“If you want a focus on national union, you couldn’t get anything that is either better or more appropriate than that what we’ve had over the last 1000+ years.

“I think the vast majority of people are in favour of the Royals.

“I think if you look at two things, the Queen’s broadcast about the pandemic and her VE Day speech.

“During a crisis like this, you see the purpose of a Royal Family.”

Mr Fitzwilliams goes on to explain why he thinks the House of Windsor has proven to be a successful Royal Family due to their ability to reinvent themselves.

He said: “The House of Windsor, over the last century, has tended to reinvent themselves.

“They have mastered the use of new technology and these virtual meetings.

“The way this has been handled is very significant because they are keeping up to date with the times but representing something that is linked to our past.”

Mr Fitzwilliams referred to last week when the Queen made a royal first by unveiling a stunning new portrait via a virtual ceremony, marking another piece of modern history for the Royal Family.

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Although it is seeming more and more like virtual Royal ceremonies will be the future of these engagements, Mr Fitzwilliams believes it could be a mix of both.

He continued: “We don’t yet know exactly what the futures hold and my best is it is going to be a mix.

“The royals conduct their duties on Government advice and the future will depend on what they are advised to do.

“It will probably be a mix. There is speculation over preciously was the Queen will do.

“In 2019, the Queen nearly did 300 engagements. That is tremendously significant.

“The way that is being handled is very good. There is no doubt that the future will be mixed as we move to the new normal.

“They will obviously do what is advised.”

Since the easing of lockdown, various members of the Royal Family have begun starting their duties again.

Her Majesty personally knighted national treasure Sir Tom Moore in a private ceremony earlier this month.

Prince Philip, who stepped down as a full-time working royal in 2017, took part in a rare public appearance earlier this month,

The Duke of Edinburgh stepped down as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles and handed over the patronage to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have also made various appearances over Zoom calls during the national lockdown.


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