WGBH News analyst Charlie Sennott wants you to know that, as a Bostonian with Irish roots, it’s not easy for him to commend the actions of the British royal family. But following Sunday’s address by Queen Elizabeth II, Sennott had only positive things to say.
Speaking on Boston Public Radio Monday, the GroundTruth Project CEO called the speech "a historic moment.”
"Honestly, it’s like the best of the United Kingdom when you feel them pulling together and sort of bucking up... pulling up their socks and getting on,” he said.
Addresses from the 93 year-old queen are few and far between. Before Sunday’s speech, she had only officially addressed the U.K. on four occasions, including during the Gulf War in 1991, and in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
Sennott compared the queen’s speech to a similar address given by her father, King George VI, to comfort his nation during the throes of the Second World War — the same address that was memorialized in the 2010 film “The King's Speech."
"When I was listening to [the speech], I felt like I could almost hear the sound of a crackling radio, and you could get brought back in time to World War II,” Sennott said. “[It’s] almost a wartime sort of rallying cry, to say 'our nation has to come together.’”