England’s Queen Elizabeth II promised those distanced from their loved ones for the holidays they”aren’t alone” throughout her yearly Christmas Speech and called on individuals to allow kindness and expect to guide them in the new calendar year.
The British monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating Christmas in Windsor Castle rather than Sandringham, in which the royal family usually spends the vacation, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Queen confessed that individuals of all faiths have been not able to celebrate religious festivals” since they’d want” this season due to the continuing worldwide health catastrophe but worried that”we want life to go on”.
She commended frontline employees,” encouraged by the wonderful accomplishment of modern science”, because of their work during the year. “We owe a debt of gratitude,” she explained.
But she paid tribute to those around the globe who”have risen magnificently to the challenges of this year and I am so pleased and motivated by this silent indomitable spirit.”
“We continue to be motivated by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that even on the darkest night, there’s hope at the new sunrise,” she explained.
The pandemic was blamed for almost 70,000 deaths in Britain, the second-highest death toll in Europe supporting Italy.
Over the previous two days, the UK has listed its two greatest daily disease numbers, at only below 40,000.
A new version of this novel coronavirus that’s 70 percent more transmissible has motivated British governments to tighten rules throughout the end of year festive season and also to cancel household gatherings from the capital and massive swathes of eastern England.
“For all, this time of year is going to be tinged with despair, a few mourning the loss of the precious to him along with others lost family and friends members, distanced for security when they all need for Christmas is a very simple hug or a squeeze of the hands,” the Queen said in her address.
“If you’re one of them, you aren’t alone,” she added.
She then encouraged people to”allow the light of Christmas, the spirit of selflessness, love, and most importantly hope, direct us in the days ahead.”
2020 was a challenging season for the royal household — and not merely because of all COVID-19.
Prince Andrew, who had been forced to stop his public responsibilities this past year within the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, continued to be haunted with damning allegations.
Among Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre asserts she had been forced to have sexual intercourse with Andrew in London, New York, and also on a private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002.