How European monarchies try to reassure their citizens

Corona Against Virus!How European monarchies try to reassure their citizens

The Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II will deliver a message to the residents in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. Such appeals are extremely rare for the British, the last time this happened in 2002 after the death of the Queen Mother. Other European monarchs also emerge from the shadows, making a pandemic an event of a military scale. However, the effectiveness of their actions is in question. On April 5, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain will make an emergency appeal to the nation. “Her Majesty has recorded a special appeal to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus. It will be shown on television at 8 pm on Sunday, April 5, 2020, ”a statement released by the palace’s press service said.

The British monarch televises citizens every Christmas. However, appeals on other occasions occur only in exceptional cases.
As noted by the BBC, Elizabeth II turned to the nation for the last time in 2002 after the death of the Queen Mother. In 1997, an appeal was issued before the funeral of Princess Diana, and in 1991 – during the Persian Gulf War.

Earlier, Elizabeth II made a written statement on the social networks of the royal family. She reported that, together with her husband, she goes into self-isolation mode, and urged the British to change their usual way of life in order to comply with security measures.

“Today, Philip and I arrived in Windsor. We know that many people and families throughout the United Kingdom and around the world are in a state of great anxiety and uncertainty. We are all advised to adjust our way of life for the common good of the peoples of which we are a part, and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable groups, ”the Queen said in a statement.
She also thanked doctors, scientists, and government officials for their work.
“You can be sure that my family and I are ready to do everything possible,” the queen said.

March 25, it became known that the heir to the British throne, Prince of Wales Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus. However, after five days, the BBC, citing an official representative of the royal family, reported that he had left the regime of self-isolation and was feeling well.
As a rule, monarchs in Europe turn to the nation in times of crisis. Historically, performances by members of the royal family have been associated with wartime.
Today, European monarchs are again talking to their citizens, which makes an event of almost the same scale as a war out of a pandemic.

The first speaker was King Harald V. of Norway on March 15th. Then the King of Belgium Philip, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri, the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II, the King of Spain Philip VI and the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustav.
The latter stated the need to unite the nation, as well as the importance of observing the distance of citizens to slow the spread of coronavirus.
“Many people worry about their health, about their relatives, about their livelihoods,” said King Charles XVI Gustav. “We are in a situation that requires people to be responsible.”

At the same time, Sweden remains the only European country, in addition to Belarus, where total quarantine has not been introduced.
The other day, the government nevertheless decided to ban events of over 50 people and close universities. However, this is where restrictive measures end. For older people who are at risk because of age, the government advises particular care.
This, in particular, was said in his address by the 73-year-old king Charles XVI Gustav. “We must listen to the advice of our experts and our authorities,” he emphasized. “The Queen and our family are trying to follow this advice as much as possible.”

The speech of Carl XVI Gustav was perceived by the media in a positive way. What can not be said about the conversion of the King of Spain, Philip VI?

This is due to a corruption scandal, in the center of which recently appeared his father, Juan Carlos. Spanish media reported that in 2008, he received $ 100 million from Saudi Arabia, which was credited to an offshore account. The king’s father did not comment on the accusations.
Earlier, his youngest daughter Christina and her husband, who was sentenced to prison due to fraud and theft, were accused of corruption.
In mid-March, Philip VI refused a salary to his father. This was probably done by the king in order to distance himself from the scandal, however, the reputation of the court was damaged.
The appeal of Philip VI was met critically, thousands of Spaniards went out to their balconies with pots and ladles and made a noise in protest against the institution of the Spanish crown.

Messages from kings can prevent panic in society and have a calming effect, said Nikolai Topornin, associate professor of European law at MGIMO. “In fact and legally, the monarch is the head of state. Do not forget about it. Therefore, like the appeals of political leaders in countries with a republican system, such appeals are not only symbolic but also guiding

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