Queen news: Monarch’s Covid speech to ‘go down in history’ as one of the best ever | Royal | News (Reports)

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It comes as the Royal Family have been praised for weathering a 2020 that has been fraught with difficulty amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The monarchy has also faced issues such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit.

Camilla Tominey, The Telegraph’s Associate Editor for Political and Royals, has said the Royal Family has attempted to ‘keep calm and carry on’ through the tough year.

The analyst pointed to the Queen’s ‘We will meet again’ speech earlier this year as a high point for the royals.

She said the speech would “arguably go down in history as one of the finest of her 68-year reign”.

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Ms Tominey added: “As ever, the monarch’s timing was impeccable, offering a much-needed morale boost just as Britain was at its lowest ebb during the April peak.”

The analyst added the royals had been able to “boost morale” and have “risen to the challenge” of a national crisis.

The Queen said in her speech: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

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During the lockdown the royals have continued their work, with virtual meetings largely replacing physical tours and other engagements.

Pandemic aside, Ms Tominey also praised the Queen’s response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals in March this year.

One source told the Telegraph: “Reflecting on it now, it could have gone a lot worse but actually everyone who was party to those talks was struck by how constructive they were.”

Harry and Meghan are currently living in the Californian region of Santa Barbara, having moved to the US state earlier this year.

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They are aiming to be financially self-sufficient, having signed a production deal with Netflix and paid back the cost of renovating their Frogmore cottage former residence.

Ms Tominey also praised Prince Charles for his response to this year, portraying him as a “silent but powerful statesman”.

The analyst pointed to the Prince of Wales’ “deft handling of Megxit”.

Meanwhile Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, added: “It’s interesting to see Charles and Camilla be so active in lockdown even though they are both in their 70s and deemed to be in the vulnerable category.”

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