The Queen issues coronavirus statement to UK as disease crisis deepens

The Queen has issued an urgent message to the nation, pleading with the country to “work as one” during a period of “great concern and uncertainty.”

She assured Brits the Royal Family is prepared to "play its part" in beating the deadly coronavirus, which has killed over 100 people in the UK.

The 93-year-old was seen leaving Buckingham Palace as she headed to Windsor Castle for a week earlier than planned.

Prince Philip, 98, joined her there, after being helicoptered from Wood Farm in Sandringham.

The Queen paid tribute to medical practitioners, scientists and emergency services who are on the front line fighting the pandemic.

Her Majesty stressed each and every one of us has a "vitally important part to play as individuals" in the coming months.

She said: "Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe.

"I am certain we are up to that challenge.

"You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."

Royal experts suggested Prince William could step in to cover her commitments as part of a coronavirus crisis plan.

Second-in-line Prince Charles wouldn't be able to take up this task due to him being over 70 and facing a potential four month period of self-isolation.

The Queen attended her last engagement in London yesterday, a private audience with two senior officers from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

There were no handshakes, just bows from the captain and the commodore, as they met and chatted with the monarch in the private audience room of the Queen's London home.

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