The Queen Pays Tribute To Manchester, Grenfell, And More In Christmas Speech

She also made sure to thank emergency workers.

Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas speech on Monday marked the 60th anniversary of her very first televised holiday message to the U.K. public. She recognized this milestone by recreating the same arrangement, and acknowledging how much technology has changed in the decades since.

The Queen also focused much of her message on the concept of home. "For many, the idea of 'home' reaches beyond a physical building — to a hometown or city," she said, going on to pay tribute to victims of terror attacks in Manchester and London over the past year, as well as those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in June.

"This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks," she said, before sharing a clip of her visit with survivors of May's attack at an Ariana Grande concert

"I describe that hospital visit as a privilege because the patients I met were an example to us all, showing extraordinary bravery and resilience," the Queen shared. "Indeed, many of those who survived the attack came together just days later for a benefit concert. It was a powerful reclaiming of the ground, and of the city those young people call home."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who died and those who lost so much," the Queen said in speaking of the Grenfell Tower fire. She also made sure to acknowledge the emergency workers who responded with bravery to these tragic events, adding, "Many of them, of course, will not be at home today, because they are working to protect us."

The Queen closed her message by saying that "reflecting on these events makes me grateful for the blessings of home and family," as she spoke about her 70-year marriage to Prince Philip, and shared that she was looking forward to "welcoming new members" into the family next year — likely referring to both Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate's pregnancy.

(H/T: CNN)

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