Queen Elizabeth praises husband's humour in Christmas message

25 December, 2017, 19:09 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • The Queen delivers her Christmas message
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London, Dec 25 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reflects on the "appalling" terrorist attacks in London and Manchester this year in her traditional Christmas Day message televised to the Commonwealth.

In her message, the queen will pay tribute to Prince Philip, who stepped down from most public duties because of his advancing years.

"We expect our homes to be a place of safety - sanctuary even - which makes it all the more shocking when the comfort they provide is shattered", she said.

In Manchester a few months later 22 people - including children - were killed when a lone suicide attacker detonated an explosive device as crowds of music fans left Manchester Arena following a performance by USA singer Ariana Grande.

Excerpts released by Buckingham Palace indicate Elizabeth praises the "powerful identities" of Manchester and London.

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The Queen's message to the nation and the Commonwealth will look back over the previous 12 months and take "home" as its theme.

"I described that hospital visit as a privilege because the patients I met were an example to us all showing extraordinary bravery and resilience", she said.

She said: "I don't know that anyone had invented the term 'platinum" for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born.

This year's annual address has been produced by Sky News and was recorded in the palace's 1844 room which is decorated with a large tree and features family photos.

Headline making events during 2017 include June's General Election, the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement and the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

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The 91-year-old praised the emergency service workers who risked their lives to save others during the Manchester attack, where 22 were killed and some 120 others injured.

There was only the gentlest of references to perhaps the year's most eagerly anticipated royal event, the engagement of her grandson Prince Harry to USA actress Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walked hand-in-hand as they joined other members of the royal family at a Christmas Day church service on their country estate in Sandringham. The queen gave her first radio Christmas message in 1952.

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