Queen praises nation for ‘magnificent rise’ to 2020 challenges | The queen

In her Christmas address, the Queen expressed her great pride for the “quiet, unbreakable” spirit of those who “rose brilliantly” to the 2020 challenge, in which it was emphasized: “We need life to continue.”

In a message recording the vicissitudes visited by the nation and the world through the “difficult and unpredictable” times of the pandemic, she noted: “It is remarkable that the year that necessarily separated people has brought us closer in many ways.”

She spoke about “hope for a new dawn”, and singled out the young people for special praise.

But she also spoke directly to those to whom “this time of year will be marked by grief: some mourn the loss of loved ones, others missing friends and family members distanced for safety, when all they really want for Christmas is a simple hug or hug hands. “

Alone in Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh and separated from the rest of her own family who usually spend Christmas together in Sandringham, the Queen told those suffering loneliness or loss: “You are not alone and I will allow you to assure you of my thoughts and prayers. “

The broadcast was pre-recorded in the Green Hall at Windsor Castle, and followed medical advice, and three BBC teams wearing PPE entered the room observing the protocols from a distance.

A photograph of Prince Philip was displayed on the Queen’s table. The couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November.

The pandemic saw people of all faiths “who could not gather as they would like for their festivals, such as Easter, Easter, Eid and Vaisakhi. But we need life to continue, ”the queen said.

She and her family were inspired by the stories of those who volunteer in their communities.

“In the UK and around the world, people have faced the challenges of the year brilliantly, and I am so proud and moved by this quiet unbridled spirit.

“Especially to our young people I say thank you for the role you played.”

Special mention was made of nursing staff who, like nursing pioneers Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale, “shone a light of hope around the world,” she said. The nation owed “gratitude” to the staff at the front, which “still shines for us – supported by the incredible achievements of modern science,” she added.

“We are still inspired by the kindness of strangers and provide comfort that – even in the darkest nights – there is hope for a new dawn.”

Relying on her own Christian faith, she warned of the parable of the Good Samaritan as a “wonderful story of goodness” that is still relevant today and testified to those who appeared throughout society “showing care and respect for all, regardless of gender, race or background. ”.

She also found personal inspiration in marking the centenary of the Unknown Warrior, which for her as a symbol of “selfless duty and ultimate sacrifice” was “a source of lasting hope in difficult and unpredictable times.”

She concluded her message by invoking the birth of Jesus and the star that leads shepherds and wise people. “May the light of Christmas – the spirit of selflessness, love and above all hope – guide us in the times to come,” she said.

The Queen decided to wear a diamond and a mother-of-pearl brooch, which was designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomson in 1919 and left to the Queen Mother in 1944 by his sister. The Queen Mother wore it throughout her life, including her 100th birthday, and the Queen wore it to her diamond jubilee.

Numerous paintings from the Hold Still photographic exhibition, headed by the Duchess of Cambridge, were presented. They included those of Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised nearly £ 40 million for NHS charities walking around his garden circles on the eve of his 100th birthday and five-year-old Tony Hudgell who walked 10 miles on prosthetic legs to raise more than £ 1 million for a children’s hospital Evelina London.

The choir of singers Lewisham and Greenwich NHS performed the song Joy to the World, from Windsor Castle at the end of the annual address. Their single Bridge Over You was Christmas 1st year 2015 after a race around the neck with Justin Bieber’s hit Love Yourself, when he invited his fans to take over their song.

The choir was in the dark about their appearance in the Christmas program, they were only told to learn carols and find themselves in their regular rehearsal space before their mission was revealed.