She also spoke of her pride in the way the nation has responded to the coronavirus pandemic with a “quiet, indomitable spirit” as she urged positivity and focused on the good that has prevailed at the close of a devastating year.
The Queen referenced nursing pioneers such as Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale, who she said “shone a lamp of hope across the world” before adding: “Today, our frontline services still shine that lamp for us – supported by the amazing achievements of modern science – and we owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Urging positivity and focusing on the good that has prevailed at the close of a devastating year, The Queen said: “We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that – even on the darkest nights – there is hope in the new dawn.”
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