February 21, 2022, 10.57 AM

KOMPAS.com — News that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth had tested positive for Covid-19 drew shock, concern, and messages of goodwill from across the country on Sunday, Feb. 20 with politicians and the public willing the 95-year-old to recover.

On a wet and blustery day, a few sightseers gathered at the gates of Windsor Castle where the queen is receiving medical treatment for mild symptoms. Others went online to express support and message boards in the London Underground urged the monarch to “take it easy.”

Many said they were troubled by the news after the world’s longest-reigning monarch pulled out of a number of high-profile events and spent a night in the hospital last October, igniting fears about her health.

Julie and Rupert Wills, visiting Windsor to the west of London, said they loved the queen “to bits,” with Rupert respecting her ability to just “quietly get on with” things. Sanil Solanki, 43, described her as the nation’s mother.

Also read: Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry Bans Entry of Foreign Travelers from UK due to New Covid-19 Strain

For 19-year-old Gerard Smith, the news had come as a shock. “Everyone loves her,” he said. “She can’t do wrong to anyone. She’s been there my whole life and the lifetime of almost everyone. It’s sad to hear. Hopefully, she makes it through.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the official response, saying he was sure he spoke for the nation when he wished the queen a swift recovery and a rapid return to vibrant good health.

Opposition leader Keir Starmer said: “Get well soon Ma’am.” Many other politicians simply tweeted “God Save The Queen.”

The US Embassy in London sent best wishes. The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, described the queen as “a rock” in reference to the British territory’s landscape.

Also read: Indonesias Health Minister Urges Vigilance Against Local Transmission of UK Covid-19 Variant

The widespread support for the queen follows the anniversary earlier this month when she quietly marked 70 years on the throne, the first British sovereign to do so.

The Palace said the queen was showing mild symptoms and was expected to continue “light duties” over the coming week.

In keeping with that, the queen released a statement shortly afterward praising the British women’s curling team for their Olympic gold medal in Beijing.

“I know that your local communities and people throughout the United Kingdom will join me in sending our good wishes to you, your coaches, and the friends and family who have supported you in your great success,” she said.

Source: Reuters

 

Dapatkan update berita pilihan dan breaking news setiap hari dari Kompas.com. Mari bergabung di Grup Telegram "Kompas.com News Update", caranya klik link https://t.me/kompascomupdate, kemudian join. Anda harus install aplikasi Telegram terlebih dulu di ponsel.



Source VOA News
Recommendation
Comment wisely and responsibly. Comments are entirely the responsibility of the commentator as regulated in the ITE Law
Report
Thank You! We have received your report. We will remove comments that conflict with the Community Guidelines and the ITE Law.

More Headlines

News
August 16, 2022, 01.24 PM

UN Envoy Makes First Visit to Myanmar

News
August 15, 2022, 09.06 PM

Myanmar Court Sentences Suu Kyi to 6 Years

News
August 12, 2022, 04.41 PM

Researchers Warn of Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet

News
August 8, 2022, 09.07 AM

ASEAN Wraps Up Foreign Ministers Talks

Business
August 5, 2022, 10.13 PM

China Begins to Ship Bullet Trains to Indonesia

Close Ads