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危急时刻:首相入院,英国女王发表特殊演讲

随着英国首相鲍里斯·约翰逊入院治疗,全国上下紧张情绪进一步蔓延。值此危急时刻,英国女王发表电视讲话,呼吁英国人民团结起来共克病毒。这次讲话,共有2400万人观看;有许多人将其与80年前,英王乔治六世在二战时的讲话相提并论。通过这次演讲,女王传递了怎样的信号?

危急时刻:首相入院,女王发表特殊演讲

Boris Johnson Hospitalized as Queen Urges British Resolve in Face of Epidemic

疫情当前,英国首相住院,女王为民众提振士气

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized on Sunday evening after 10 days of battling the coronavirus, unnerving a country that had gathered to watch Queen Elizabeth II rally fellow Britons to confront the pandemic and reassure them that when the crisis finally ebbed, “we will meet again.”

(当地时间)周日晚,英国首相鲍里斯•约翰逊在与新冠病毒抗争了10天后,入院接受治疗,这让英国国内紧张情绪蔓延。同一天,焦虑中的英国民众一起观看了女王伊丽莎白二世的特别电视讲话。女王此次讲话,意在集结全国人心,共抗疫情,并安抚民众——危机终将消散,“我们后会有期”。

The queen’s speech was only the fourth time in her 68-year reign in which she has addressed the British people, apart from her annual Christmas greeting.

这是英国女王在位68年以来,除每年圣诞演讲外发表的第四次公开演讲。

Like her father, George VI, eight decades ago, the queen appealed to the quintessential British traits of stoicism and solidarity, and explicitly linked the pandemic to the war as a defining moment for modern Britain. This time, she said, the country needs to come together to vanquish an enemy that brings death not in the terrifying bombing raids of the Blitz but in the ordinary encounters of people transmitting a dangerous pathogen.

像八十年前她的父亲乔治六世所做的一样,女王呼吁民众发挥英国典型的坚忍和团结精神,并明确将此次疫情与战争相类比,视其为现代英国的决定性时刻。她说,这一次,国家需要团结起来打败一个敌人,它不是在可怕的闪电战轰炸中带来死亡,而是在人们传播危险病原体的日常接触中夺走生命。

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” the queen said, “and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.”

女王说:“我希望在未来的岁月里,每个人都会为今日抗击疫情的努力而感到自豪。而后来者会说,这一代的英国人一如既往地强大,自律、从容乐观的决心和同情心仍然是这个国家的特质。”

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