ENGLAND – Queen Elizabeth II’s traditional Christmas message will be televised in the United Kingdom and to 51 other Commonwealth countries.
Excerpts released by Buckingham Palace show the queen will pay tribute to London and Manchester and how they came together after the extremist attacks made earlier this year.
“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 says.
In her message, the queen will pay tribute to Prince Philip, who stepped down from most public duties because of his advancing years.
Elizabeth also says in her brief broadcast that the royal family looks forward “to welcoming new members into it next year.”
The queen and Philip are spending the holidays at Elizabeth’s country estate in Sandringham.
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