In her annual Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to the dozens of victims of the horrific terror attack in Manchester and Grenfell Tower fire in London. “This Christmas,” she said, “I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks.” Over 20 people were killed in the bombing at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert, and hundreds were injured. Days later Grande and a number of other artists came together for a One Love Manchester benefit concert. The Queen described meeting with some of the injured survivors in hospital, calling it a privilege to speak with people who “were an example to us all, showing extraordinary bravery and resilience.” She also mentioned the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. According to police, 71 people were killed.
"We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love… there is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home."— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 25, 2017
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“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. Many of them, of course, will not be at home today, because they are working to protect us.”You can watch the video above, via The Royal Family. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac