By Marisol Bo-oc | 11:58 AM December 26, 2020
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II said in her annual festive message that many people want for Christmas this year is a simple hug.
In her traditional pre-recorded Christmas Day address to the nation, the 94-year-old monarch repeatedly spoke of hope for the future while acknowledging millions of Britons would be unable to have their usual family celebrations this year.
The Queen also said it would be hard for those who lost loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic or were separated by curbs on social mixing.
“Of course, for many, this time of year will be tinged with sadness: some mourning the loss of those dear to them, and others missing friends and family-members distanced for safety, 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, and let me assure you of my thoughts and prayers,” the Queen said.
The Queen reflects on acts of kindness and heroism during this extraordinary year.
“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.”