The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, praised the nurses and sent a message of encouragement and support to those affected by the covid-19 pandemic in his speech on Christmas Day.
The monarch addressed the nation as usual every December 25 at 15:00 GMT, to remember a year that has “kept the agent away, but that has helped us to get closer”.
“My family and I have been inspired by the stories of people who have volunteered in their communities, helping those most in need,” the Queen said in her annual address.
“In the UK and around the world, people have been able to cope with the challenges and difficulties of this year and this fills me with pride. I would like to thank the young people in particular for the role they have played“he added.
This Christmas will be the first in almost four decades that the Queen will not spend at her residence in Sandringham, as usual, but will remain in Windsor Castle, together with the Duke of Edinburgh, as she has done since the pandemic broke out.
This means that unable to reunite with the rest of his family due to the restrictions that exist in the United Kingdom and that keep much of the country practically confined.
Faced with this circumstance, the monarch remembered all the people who, for one reason or another, have lost a loved one in recent months or who are spending these dates alone.
“For many, this year will be tinged with sadness. Some will mourn the loss of someone they loved, while others will miss their friends and family by being away from them for safety, when the only thing we really all want on these dates is a hug or a shake“, he claimed.
“If you are one of them,” he said, that you know that you are not alone and that my condolences and prayers are with you“.
In addition, Elizabeth II also recalled the excellent work done by health workers during the pandemic and how they have helped mitigate the effect of the disease, remembering especially the nurses.
“This year we have celebrated International Nurses Day, honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. These pioneers, as well as Mary Seacole, lit a beacon of hope in the world,” he explained.
“Today our frontline workers continue to fuel that flame for us, supporting the incredible achievements of modern science and we owe them so much. We continue to be inspired by the gratitude and kindness of strangers even on the darkest nights. There is hope that we will make a comeback again, “he added.
This Thursday’s message supposes the third time the Queen has had to address the nation this year, something exceptional, after already speaking in April, during the peak of the pandemic, and in May, on the anniversary of the victory of the Allies in World War II.
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