Donald Trump's surprising reaction to Queen's coronavirus address

Marni Dixit
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

US President Donald Trump has praised Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her televised coronavirus address in the United Kingdom on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Trump retweeted a tweet about the Queen's address, writing, "A great & wonderful woman!"

Donald Trump has surprised people with his reaction to the Queen's coronavirus address. Photo: Getty

Trump is, surprisingly, quite the fan of the Queen, but not so much of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, taking to Twitter in March to write, "I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"

The Queen's coronavirus address was unprecedented, usually reserved for Christmas or matters of national emergency.

The Queen assured her subjects they ‘will succeed’ in the face of the COVID-19 threat, and hearkened back to her very first national address with sister Margaret in WWII on the occasion of the evacuation of children from cities, saying Britons of this generation are proving themselves ‘as strong as any’.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” she began the broadcast.

“A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”

She went on to thank the NHS – the UK’s National Health Service – workers battling the pandemic on the frontline, as well as those simply staying home to slow the spread.

“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all.

“I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”

Donald Trump has reportedly always been a huge fan of the Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Getty

While Trump is clearly a fan of the Queen reportedly said it was "interesting" to have him visit her last year with royal expert Eve Pollard telling ITV's Royal Rota (via Daily Express), "Apparently the Queen said ‘oh it’s been really interesting having you come again’."

“But his mother was Scottish, he thinks the Royal Family is the most wonderful thing.

“And of course in many ways we have been lucky enough to invent, or for it to have happened, for us.”

The Daily Express reports the Queen told Trump she hoped he "comes to this country again".

Taking to Twitter after the visit, Trump said, “Could not have been treated more warmly in the United Kingdom by the Royal Family or the people. Our relationship has never been better, and I see a very big trade deal down the road.”

He added, “We had a great rapport. We had a conversation that lasted an hour and a half, non stop.”

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