Light will overcome darkness

Queen Elizabeth II

THE QUEEN will use her 63rd Christmas broadcast to the nation to try and raise the hopes and spirits of millions who might be distressed by a tumultuous year marked by terrorism, climate change, war, and a growing refugee crisis.

According to official releases from Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth II will say “It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,’”.

The pre-recorded speech will be broadcast at 3pm on December 25 and will also note the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, in which the Monarch served in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service.

She will be shown at her desk surrounded by photographs of her family in the Christmas message, which continue a tradition dating back to her grandfather George V.

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