Queen Elizabeth wants you to know, with churches being shut down worldwide due to COVID-19, Easter is NOT cancelled.

 

 

 

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Queen Elizabeth issued an uplifting, two-minute message for the millions of people who are currently self-isolating.

“Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness.  Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of the candles.  They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all faiths, and of none.  They are lit on birthday cakes and to mark family anniversaries when we gather happily around a source of light.  It unites us.  As darkness falls on the Saturday before Easter Day, many Christians would normally light candles together.  In church, one light would pass to another, spreading slowly and then more rapidly as more candles are lit.  It’s a way of showing how the good news of Christ’s resurrection has been passed on from the first Easter by every generation until now.  This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart, we keep others safe.  But Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever.  The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this.  We know that Coronavirus will not overcome us.  As dark as death can be particularly for those suffering with grief – light and life are greater.  May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.  I wish everyone of all faiths and denominations a blessed Easter.”

 

 

This marks Queen Elizabeth’s second message regarding COVID-19.

 

 

 

According to USA Today, “Aside from her annual Christmas speeches, it was only the fourth time in her six-decade-long reign that she has given such an address.”  Just last month, Prince Charles (71) announced he had tested positive for Coronavirus after he “displayed mild symptoms.”  Prince Charles now reveals “he’s on the other side of the illness.”

 

And for an Easter treat – the Royal pastry chefs are teaching you how to make their ‘Spiced Easter Biscuits.’  Enjoy!

 

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The Royal pastry chefs are excited to share their 'Spiced Easter Biscuits' recipe with you to enjoy over the Easter weekend. Chefs hats at the ready, let us see your creations by tagging #RoyalBakes! Find the full recipe and method below: Biscuit base: 350g plain flour 5g bicarbonate of soda 10g ground ginger 5g cinnamon 125g unsalted butter 175g light soft brown sugar 1 egg 60g golden syrup Icing: 2 egg whites 600g icing sugar Food colouring of your choice! Biscuit Method: • Preheat the oven to 170 C // 340 F • Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices in a bowl • Add the diced butter and mix until a crumb texture • Add the sugar • Once all of the above is combined, add the egg and golden syrup • Mix until a dough is formed • Roll the dough to a thickness of 5mm • Use biscuit cutters or a paper pattern to cut into desired shape • Place the biscuits on a non-stick mat, or parchment paper and bake on the middle shelf for 12-15 minutes • Bake until the biscuits maintain their shape when touched and are golden in colour • Cool completely before icing Icing Method: • Add 1 egg white to 600g of icing sugar and beat until smooth • The icing should pipe smoothly and be able to hold when piped as a line • To cover all the biscuits with icing add extra egg white to thin the mixture • Decorate and enjoy! #Easter #EasterBunny

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