United Kingdom queen laments terror attacks in Christmas message

25 December, 2017, 19:08 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • The Queen's message to the nation and the Commonwealth will look back over the previous 12 months and take'home as its theme

In her 3pm speech, The Queen will say: "This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past twelve months in the face of appalling attacks".

Manchester suffered the worst terrorist attack in United Kingdom soil this year when twenty two people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated a device as people were leaving an Ariane Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on the 22nd May.

The following month, eight people were killed when three men in a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.

The nation endured a series of devastating terrorist atrocities during the year, beginning with the Westminster Bridge attack in March that saw four pedestrians die. This is the first Christmas the family will be joined by Prince Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.

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Philip, famed for his quips, inquisitive mind and "no-fuss" attitude, stood down from his solo public role in August, although he has made the occasional appearance at events involving the Queen.

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'.

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.

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Markle, who was shown briefly in the program's closing images, attended a Christmas carol service with the royal family on Monday at a church near the queen's Sandringham estate, in Norfolk, England.

The Queen, who missed 2016's service with a heavy cold, said in her address that she was looking forward to welcoming new members to the royal family next year. The queen gave her first radio Christmas message in 1952.

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.

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