Queen Elizabeth: 2020 has brought people closer

Queen Elizabeth: 2020 has brought people closer

On the occasion of Christmas, Queen Elizabeth delivered Christmas greetings to the nation, sending a message of hope and caution in the year of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Some mourning the loss of those dear to them, and others missing friends and family- members distanced for safety, when all they'd really want for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand".

Speaking from Windsor Castle, the Queen said: "Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer".

The Queen recognized the grief that millions of people face being unable to spend the holidays with their loved ones whether they are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, or another holiday.

The monarch said she and her family have been "inspired" by stories of people who volunteered in their communities to help others in need. "To our young people in particular I say thank you for the part you have played". "And light does more than create a festive mood - light brings hope".

"This year's Alternative Christmas Address - seemingly delivered by one of the most familiar and trusted figures in the nation - is a powerful reminder that we can no longer trust our own eyes", Katz said in a statement.

Though living a far more solitary existence, over the past few months, the Queen has been a visible presence, most notably in her two televised addresses to the nation from Windsor Castle in April and May, which were partly meant to bolster people's resolve in the face of the lockdown.

Queen Elizabeth's speech was filmed in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, where Harry and Meghan's official royal wedding photos were taken.

Nearly all of the photographs used in the broadcast are taken from the Duchess of Cambridge's Hold Still photographic project that she launched with the National Portrait Gallery to document the country's experiences of the pandemic.

Today our frontline services still shine a lamp for us.

His walk was inspired by the exploits of Captain Tom Moore earlier - who appeared alongside in the video - in the Covid-19 lockdown.

"If you are among them, you are not alone", the Queen declared. "I think a nation that has always been a bit reticent of human contact has found it hard to deal with this enforced distance which is so unnatural in this modern world". Throughout her address, the Queen, wearing an Angela Kelly rich purple dress with a Queen Mother diamond and mother of pearl shell brooch, conveyed imagery of light in the darkness.

A choir of doctors and nurses from the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir were given the honour of performing the closing carol, Joy to the World.

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