United Kingdom queen laments terror attacks in Christmas message

United Kingdom queen laments terror attacks in Christmas message

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'.

Among the sad memories there was a note of hope, as she talked about welcoming new family members next year.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth will pay tribute to her husband Prince Philip in her Christmas message, and praise his "support and unique sense of humor".

The Queen visited some of the survivors of the suicide bomb explosion which was detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena after a concert by the singer Ariana Grande in May.

Five people: four pedestrians and a police officer, were killed in the Westminster Bridge attack in March. A suicide bomber struck as they left the venue following a performance by United States singer Ariana Grande.

The following month, eight people died when three men in a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.

Later that month, one man died and nine people were hospitalized after a terrorist attack targeting London's Muslim community.

The 96-year-old prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has been at the queen's side throughout her 65 years on the throne, and has regularly grabbed the headlines with his off-color comments.

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"For many, the idea of "home" reaches beyond a physical building - to a hometown or city", she said in her televised address.

"We expect our homes to be a place of safety - sanctuary even - which makes it all the more shocking when the comfort they provide is shattered", she said.

"I don't know that anyone had invented the term "platinum" for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born".

The royal family had a private lunch scheduled afterward.

Looking back over 2017, the Queen reflected fondly on her relationship with Prince Philip amid his decision to "slow down a little".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined members of the Royal Family for the Morning Service on Christmas Day in Sandringham.

Ms Markle, who is spending Christmas at Sandringham with Harry and other senior royals, is likely to have watched the Queen's message with members of the monarchy.

According to media, it is the first time someone who has yet to marry into the Royal Family has been invited to take part in the celebrations.

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