As she does every Christmas, The Queen delivers a broadcast to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. This year was especially poignant since so many -- her family included -- were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With just one photo on her desk (likely to keep the focus on the message), the Queen spoke of the good that came out of what was an impossibly hard time.
“Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer...even on the darkest nights, there is hope in the new dawn," Her Majesty said as footage showed people from all backgrounds doing their part to help others.
Though their biggest role is in-person engagements, the royal family has done a great job of adjusting to the pandemic by connecting with organizations and first responders virtually, which has no doubt been an incredible morale booster.
The video ended with a beautiful rendition of "Joy to the World," sung by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir, while a montage showed photos from the National Portrait Gallery's powerful "Hold Still" exhibit, as well as footage of royals meeting with frontline workers and first responders.
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