Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle yesterday. REUTERS
Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle yesterday. REUTERS

Queen Elizabeth thanks business for coronavirus generosity

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 19, 2020

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LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth

thanked businesses across the world on Friday for their response

to the coronavirus pandemic and their work to "rebuild

communities" as they begin to reopen after lockdowns imposed to

address the coronavirus pandemic.

"As many organisations around the country are reopening, I

send my warmest best wishes and support to business communities

throughout the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and across the

world," Elizabeth said in a message to the British Chambers of

Commerce of which she is patron.

"At a time of great difficulty for many, it is heart-warming

to see the civic response and generosity of so many businesses,

small and large, to the challenges posed, whether supporting the

health sector or vulnerable communities."

Britain's economy has taken a pounding after the government

imposed a lockdown in March which shuttered all non-essential

retailers, with figures on Friday showing public borrowing had

hit a record high and debt had passed 100% of economic output.

However, there was some brighter news for the retail sector

with sales rebounding much more strongly last month than

expected.

"I wish all businesses every success in their endeavours in

the weeks and months ahead," the queen said.

Reuters

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