In a difficult year, Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to the NHS from Windsor Castle.

Her majesty has not been able to spend Christmas with her extended family due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Queen started by stating we celebrate Christmas by turning on the lights, light brings hope, and we can’t celebrate as we would normally. Her majesty then paid tribute to the other faiths who have not been able to gather as they normally would.

Queen Elizabeth then said that Fireworks lit up Windsor last month as Diwali the festival of lights was celebrated.

“Despite this year keeping us apart, it has brought us together. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of those volunteering in their communities, helping those in need. In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year. I am proud and moved by this indomitable spirit.

Her majesty then personally thanked the younger generation, before reminiscing about celebrating international nurses day, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

“Florence Nightingale shone I light of hope across the world. Today our front-line services still shine that light for us, supported by the amazing achievements of modern science. We owe them a debt of gratitude.”

The Queen then looked ahead to 2021 by stating that there is hope in the new dawn, referencing the story of the good Samaritan as images showed all those that had raised money for charity, like Captain Sir Tom Moore, or those who had made PPE for health care workers.

Her Majesty then spoke of the unnamed warrior in Westminster Abbey, mentioning everyone’s duty and sacrifice. He wasn’t exceptional but like so many have put the lives of others above their own. It is a source of enduring hope in difficult and enduring times.”

“This time of year will be tinged with sadness, those mourning the loss of those dear to them. Others missing friends and family members. When all they’d really want for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand. If you are among them, you are not alone.”

The Queen then finished by saying “Let the light of Christmas, the spirit of selflessness, love and above all hope, guide us in the times ahead”