On October 13th, 1940, Queen Elizabeth at 14 years old, made her first public speech with a radio address to children across the Commonwealth during WWII. At the time, many children were living away from home during the war and her younger sister Princess Margaret joined in on the address.
Now, flash forward to 2020 and the Monarch's great-grandchildren are doing their part to boost the morale of children around the world during the coronavirus pandemic and show their support to NHS workers.
Queen Elizabeth on BBC's Children's Hour
Eight decades ago on the BBC's Children's Hour, the then-Princess Elizabeth reached out to her peers in a touching radio address. "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all," she said.
"To you, living in new surroundings, we send a message of true sympathy and at the same time we would like to thank the kind people who have welcomed you to their homes in the country," Elizabeth continued.
Adding a glimmer of hope she said, "Before I finish I can truthfully say to you all that we children at home are full of cheerfulness and courage. We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war."
"We know, every one of us, that in the end all will be well; for God will care for us and give us victory and peace. And when peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place," she concluded. Elizabeth and Margaret then joined together to wish the children a goodnight.
The Cambridge Children Are Doing Their Part During The COVID-19 Outbreak
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, Prince George was joined by his two younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in a touching video where they are seen smiling and clapping vigorously for the NHS staff working tirelessly on the front lines.
This parallel between the Queen at a young age and now the Cambridge children, shows that even when they are young, the members of the British Royal Family play a key role in society. We are so proud of Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the British Royal Family for spreading joy, hopefulness and awareness during these unprecedented times.