Queen’s Christmas Message 2017 – praises people of terror hit Manchester, London

Queen's Christmas Message 2017

Queen's Christmas Message 2017

Queen’s Christmas Message 2017 – people of Manchester and London praised for the way they dealt with terror attacks.  Watch video here

The Queen paid tribute to London and Manchester in her Christmas Day broadcast. She praised the public for the way in which they dealt with this year’s terror attacks.

Looking back over 2017, she says both cities’ “powerful identities” have “shone through” adversity.

The Queen also praised the Duke of Edinburgh for his support.  This in the year of their 70th wedding anniversary.

She will spend the day at Sandringham with the Royal Family.  Including Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle.

It will be the first time someone who is yet to marry into the Royal Family will have joined its Christmas celebrations.

The Queen recorded this year’s Christmas message to the Commonwealth a few days ago in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace. Video is kept under lock and key until ready for broadcast 3pm Christmas Day.

Its main theme is the importance of “home”, which she describes as a place of “warmth, familiarity and love”, with a “timeless simplicity” and “pull”.

On a table, alongside photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are two pictures. One is of her with the Duke of Edinburgh which was taken on their wedding day in 1947. The other from their anniversary in November this year.

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