The Queen praised the “kindness of strangers” whose actions have inspired everyone, saying that even the “darkest nights” promise a “new dawn”

In the message taped before Boris Johnson effectively canceled Christmas for millions, the Queen sympathized with those who family and friends couldn’t see and who just saw a “simple hug or a squeeze on the hand” as festive Wanted gift

She sounded determined and told the nation, “but we need life to move on,” after describing how major religious festivals for many faiths had been disrupted this year

The personal message was written by the Queen, as it is every year, and her words may have been even more sharp given the upheaval many families have experienced due to Covid-19

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who resigned as working kings in March, were not mentioned in the photo and video montages of key events of the royal year that the broadcast illustrated

But national hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, whose major NHS fundraisers knighted him, was featured as the Queen highlighted how “Good Samaritans came into society” during the crisis

From Windsor Castle, the Queen said, “Remarkably, a year that necessarily kept people apart has brought us closer in many ways”

The Head of State conveyed her message from a desk that had the only family photo on it, a private portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh chosen by the Queen

It reflected the Queen and Philip’s decision to have a quiet Christmas as a couple in Windsor, and has been a symbol for people across the country who have also chosen to push back family gatherings

The Queen added, “Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of people volunteering in their communities and helping those in need

“In the UK and around the world people have faced the challenges of the year magnificently and I am so proud and moved by this calm, indomitable spirit. I thank our young people in particular for the part they have played”

The Queen began her address from the Castle’s Green Salon by highlighting how the lights that fill our houses at Christmas also symbolize “hope”

And she said that fireworks that filled the skies over Windsor last month as residents celebrated Diwali – the festival of lights – represented a “joyful moment of hope and unity.”

The head of state added how celebrated International Nurses Day for the 200th time Celebrated the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale – known as the Lady with the Lamp

“Even today our services shine at the forefront for us – supported by the amazing achievements of modern science – and we owe them to them,” said the head of state

She added, “We continue to be inspired by the friendliness of strangers and take comfort that even on the darkest of nights there is hope in the new dawn”

During the broadcast, pictures were shown showing life under lockdown from the Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still photo project

Steph James’ picture of her one year old son who put his hand on a window while his great grandmother kissed his hand on the other side of the glass

Also featured were footage of Sir Tom knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle and the many video calls made by the Royal Family when official engagements went online during the pandemic

The head of state was spotted between a wall of faces who participated in a video call in May to celebrate International Nurses Day Another day with the Princess Royal and four carers highlighted Carers Week in June, and the following month she spoke online to her armed forces officer

William and Kate’s meeting with Joan Drew-Smith, a Cardiff Nursing Home resident who had given a four-letter judgment on their bingo skills, made everyone roar with laughter from behind face masks

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were also featured as they visited the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to thank the health workers, as well as pictures of the weekly applause for the carers and a picture of a rainbow – the symbol of the Thanks for the efforts of the key workers

The unknown warrior, buried 100 years ago in Westminster Abbey, represented millions who have reflected his values ​​of selfless sacrifice, the Queen suggested

“For me, this is a source of enduring hope in difficult and unpredictable times,” added the monarch

She said, “Of course, this time of year will be marked by sadness for many: some mourn those who are dear to them, others miss friends and family members who have distanced themselves for safety reasons when all they really have done to Wanting Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze on the hand

“If you are among them, do not be alone and let my thoughts and prayers reassure you”

The address had a strong religious theme that reflected her Christian faith and the Queen said the biblical story of the Good Samaritan is relevant today

“Good Samaritans have emerged throughout society who show care and respect for all, regardless of gender, race, or origin, reminding us that each of us is special and equal in the eyes of God,” said the queen

The message was recorded in mid-December with a reduced film crew according to the appropriate instructions and saw the Queen wearing the Queen Mother’s shell brooch

The show ended with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir starring alongside Chance the Rapper in Justin Bieber’s new single Holy, singing the Windsor Castle Christmas carol Joy To The World

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