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Queen pays tribute to terror attack survivors in Christmas message

The monarch’s message to the nation and the Commonwealth used “home” as its theme.

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The Queen will pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh during her festive address (Sky News/PA)

The Queen will pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh during her festive address (Sky News/PA)

The Queen will pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh during her festive address (Sky News/PA)

The Queen has used her Christmas message to pay tribute to the Manchester terrorist attack survivors, to remember those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire, and to acknowledge a future member of her family, Meghan Markle.

In her televised address, the monarch described meeting the Manchester attack survivors in May as a “privilege” and she praised emergency services workers who put their lives at risk saving others.

“I describe that hospital visit as a ‘privilege’ because the patients I met were an example to us all, showing extraordinary bravery and resilience,” she said.

A framed photograph of Ms Markle and fiance Prince Harry was displayed with other family pictures as the monarch spoke, and the couple also featured in video footage aired at the end of the festive broadcast.

In an apparent reference to the couple’s wedding next May, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby, expected in April, the Queen said this Christmas her family “…look forward to welcoming new members into it next year”.

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The Queen also reflected with humour on milestones in her own life, from celebrating her 70th wedding anniversary in November, to the Duke of Edinburgh’s decision to step down from solo public duties.

She said: “I don’t know that anyone had invented the term ‘platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long.

“Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a little, having, as he economically put it, ‘done his bit’.”

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Meghan Markle leaves the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Meghan Markle leaves the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Prince of Wales (left) and the Duke of York arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales (left) and the Duke of York arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) greet well-wishers as they leave after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) greet well-wishers as they leave after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) greet well-wishers as they leave after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) greet well-wishers as they leave after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

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The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Meghan Markle arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Autumn Phillips (back left) and Peter Phillips (back second left) , Sir Timothy Laurence,(back third left), the Countess of Wessex (centre left), the Duke of Edinburgh and  Princess Eugenie (front)  arriving to attend and early morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Autumn Phillips (back left) and Peter Phillips (back second left) , Sir Timothy Laurence,(back third left), the Countess of Wessex (centre left), the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie (front) arriving to attend and early morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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(Left-right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and Lady Sarah Chatto arriving to attend an early Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

(Left-right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and Lady Sarah Chatto arriving to attend an early Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duke of Edinburgh arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Members of the public are searched by police officers as they arrive at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, to see members of the royal family attend morning church service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Members of the public are searched by police officers as they arrive at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, to see members of the royal family attend morning church service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Members of the public are searched by police officers as they arrive at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, to see members of the royal family attend morning church service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Members of the public are searched by police officers as they arrive at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, to see members of the royal family attend morning church service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Members of the public wait for the Royal family to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Members of the public wait for the Royal family to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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(Left-right) Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

(Left-right) Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and Sir Timothy Laurence arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Security check the grounds ahead of members of the Royal family attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Security check the grounds ahead of members of the Royal family attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of York and Princess Beatrice arriving to attend an early church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Earl of Wessex (left) arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Earl of Wessex (left) arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II carries daffodils given by a girl (right) after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II carries daffodils given by a girl (right) after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh (left) and The Duke of York arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurenceleave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Princess Royal (left) and her husband Sir Timothy Laurenceleave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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(Left- right) Princess Eugenie, Autumn and Peter Phillips arrive to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

(Left- right) Princess Eugenie, Autumn and Peter Phillips arrive to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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Meghan Markle leaves the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 25, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

“Home” was the theme of his year’s Christmas message, recorded at Buckingham Palace, and she highlighted how the “powerful identities” of London and Manchester had shone through in the face of “appalling attacks” this year.

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The Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip (Bruce Adams/Daily Mail/PA)

The Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip (Bruce Adams/Daily Mail/PA)

The Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip (Bruce Adams/Daily Mail/PA)

Footage was shown of the Queen meeting teenage survivors of the suicide bombing which killed 22 people when an attacker detonated an explosive device as fans left a Manchester Arena concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

The Queen was shown at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital chatting to Millie Robson, 15, from Co Durham, and her mother, Marie, and Evie Mills, 14, from Harrogate, and her mother Karen, and father Craig.

London suffered the Westminster Bridge attack in March, which claimed the lives of four pedestrians and a police officer, and there were eight more deaths when three terrorists in a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge then went on a knife rampage in Borough Market in June.

“And here in London, who can forget the sheer awfulness of the Grenfell Tower fire?” said the Queen, as footage was shown of the monarch and Duke of Cambridge meeting emergency services workers close to the site of the inferno which claimed 71 lives.

The Queen added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who died and those who lost so much; and we are indebted to members of the emergency services who risked their own lives, this past year, saving others.”

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