Queen Elizabeth II gave her annual Christmas speech from Windsor Castle this past year, but one thing was different — there was only one photo in the background this time around: a snap of her husband, Prince Philip.
During her speech, the 94-year-old remained positive and admitted that "even on the darkest night there is hope in the new dawn."
"Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer," she said in the broadcast. "In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year, and I am so proud and moved by this quiet, indomitable spirit."
"Of course for many, this time of year will be tinged with sadness — some mourning the loss of those dear to them and others missing friends and family members distanced for safety, when all they really want for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand," she continued. "If you are among them, you are not alone, and let me assure you of my thoughts and prayers."
She concluded her message by saying: "The Bible tells how a star appeared in the sky, its light guiding the shepherds and wise men to the scene of Jesus’s birth. Let the light of Christmas — the spirit of selflessness, love and above all hope — guide us in the times ahead. It is in that spirit that I wish you a very happy Christmas."