Queen Elizabeth II will reflect on terror-hit UK cities in Christmas Day message

Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, as she records her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, London. ( Sky News via Getty Images )

Vastavam web: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will reflect on the “appalling” terror attacks in London and Manchester this year in her traditional Christmas Day message televised to the Commonwealth today.The 91-year-old monarch, whose pre-recorded message will air at 0830 IST, will pay tribute to the “powerful identities” of the two cities which suffered the loss of 35 lives in attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.In May, the Queen visited victims of the bombing at Manchester Arena, in which 22 people died.

A suicide bomber struck as they left the venue following a performance by American singer Ariana Grande.The following month, eight people died when three men in a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.Later that month, a man died when a hired van ran into worshippers near the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London.”We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love. There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home,” the Queen will say, dressed in an ivory white dress by Angela Kelly, which she first wore for the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in 2012.

Her words about family will be illustrated by photographs on her desk: her 1947 black and white wedding picture, the official photograph to commemorate the 70th wedding anniversary this November and portraits of her great grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte.She returned for the traditional service after having missed it last year due to a lingering cold.Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate Middleton walked side by side with Prince Harry, who was joined for the first time with his fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.

The 36-year-old, who is to wed her 33-year-old Prince in May next year, was dressed in a brown beret and coat as she greeted the crowds.A crowd of around 200 were waiting for the royal family’s arrival from early morning.