Queen praises cities targeted by attackers in Christmas message

Queen praises cities targeted by attackers in Christmas message

Speaking from Buckingham Palace, she told of the "privilege" of meeting those injured in the Manchester attack that killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert.

Later that month, a man died when a hired van ran into worshippers near the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London.

"For many, the idea of "home" reaches beyond a physical building - to a hometown or city", she said in her televised address. "There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home", the Queen said, dressed in an ivory white dress by Angela Kelly, which she first wore for the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in 2012.

"This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks", she will add in the message which was to be broadcast at 1500 GMT.

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She also paid a personal tribute to the "support and unique sense of humour" of her husband Prince Philip, who retired from solo public duties in 2017.

The message ended as it had begun with a performance by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, and the Queen's closing words reflected her faith: 'It is Jesus Christ's generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad'.

Surrounding the Queen in the palace's 1844 room, where the broadcast was recorded, were family photos including pictures of her great grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as Meghan and Harry.

Wearing a brown coat and hat, boots and bag, Markle walked with future husband Harry, his brother Prince William and his wife Kate on their way to St Mary Magdalene Church for a Christmas morning service.

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Our thoughts and prayer are with all those who died and those who lost so much, and we are indebted to members of the emergency services who risked their own lives this past year saving others.

Royal convention has been eased to allow an unmarried partner to join in the royal family's traditional Christmas festivities.

In an apparent reference to the couple's wedding next May, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, expected in April, the Queen said this Christmas her family '...look forward to welcoming new members into it next year'. The queen gave her first radio Christmas message in 1952.

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