Queen hails terror-hit Manchester

The Queen has paid tribute to Manchester for their handling of this year’s terror attacks.

She said it was a “privilege” to meet the concert attack survivors in May and stressed both cities’ “powerful identities”.

The monarch also remembered the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

In the year of her 70th wedding anniversary she praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s support.

Despite missing the Christmas morning service last year due to illness, the Queen spent this year at Sandringham with the Royal Family. Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle were in attendance.

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

She said: “I don’t know that anyone had invented the term ‘platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long.”

This summer Prince Philip retired from his programme of public engagements, although he has continued to attend some events involving the Queen.

In the broadcast, the Queen also praised her husband’s “unique sense of humour”.

Surrounded by family photographs and a picture of newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Queen said her family “look forward to welcoming new members into it next year”.

She also expressed gratitude towards emergency service workers in a year of “appalling attacks”. She highlighted the “extraordinary bravery and resilience” of survivors.

Referencing the Grenfell Tower fire which claimed the lives of 71 people, the Queen described it as “sheer awfulness”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who died and those who lost so much, and we are indebted to members of the emergency services who risked their own lives this past year saving others,” the Queen said.

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