Queen praises nation for ‘rising magnificently’ to challenges of 2020

Christmas message singles out young people for special praise, and speaks of ‘hope in the new dawn’

The Queen has spoken of her great pride in the “quiet, indomitable” spirit of those who have “risen magnificently” to the challenges of 2020 in a Christmas address that stressed: “We need life to go on.”

In a message capturing the vicissitudes visited on the nation and the world through the “difficult and unpredictable” times of pandemic, she noted: “Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer.”

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