23m people in the UK watched the Queen’s coronavirus address

23m people in the UK watched the Queen’s coronavirus address

23m people watched the Queen address the British public last night.

Figures given to the PA news agency by the BBC suggest that the broadcast was watched by 14.1m people on BBC One and 756,000 on the BBC News channel, with a further 5.3m watching it on ITV, 2.5m on Channel 4 and 615,000 on Channel Five.

The televised address was only the fourth of the Queen’s 68-year reign during times of national crisis and grief.

The Queen and Princess Margaret broadcast in 1940 (PA)
The Queen and Princess Margaret broadcast in 1940 (PA)

It saw her tell how the coronavirus pandemic had brought back memories of the Second World War.

She said: “It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister.

“We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety.

“Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones.

“But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.”

Zara Tindall said she was “very proud” of her grandmother’s efforts.

Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning Britain from her home in Gloucestershire, England,she said: “Obviously, we’re very proud and what she said is completely, 100% what the country needed.

“I hope everyone listens and we can try and get back to normal and, as we’re trying to do today, support our NHS as much as we can.”

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