Queen Elizabeth II has hailed the “quiet, indomitable spirit” of her people through the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and described the importance of her Christian faith in her annual Christmas message to the British Commonwealth.
“For Christians, Jesus is the light of the world, but we can’t celebrate his birth today in quite the usual way,” said the 94-year-old monarch, a devout Protestant who, along with her 99-year-old consort, Prince Philip, has had to spend this Christmas in a “bubble” apart from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She lamented that people have been unable to come together as normal for many religious festivals, including “Passover, Easter, and Eid and Vaisakhi” over the course of the year — “But we need life to go on.”
“Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of people volunteering in their communities, helping those in need,” she said, adding that she was “so proud and moved by this quiet, indomitable spirit.”
“We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that – even on the darkest nights – there is hope in the new dawn,” she continued.
🎄📺 “In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year, and I am so proud and moved by this quiet, indomitable spirit.”
In her 2020 broadcast, The Queen reflects on acts of kindness during this extraordinary year. pic.twitter.com/iKa67aZEUZ
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 25, 2020
(Read more from “Queen’s Christmas Message: ‘the Teachings of Christ Have Served as My Inner Light’ (VIDEO)” HERE)