Queen’s heartwarming message for nation: ‘All special and equal’

THE QUEEN has provided leadership and comfort for many people during a difficult time amid the coronavirus pandemic and she had one particularly heartwarming message for the nation.

PUBLISHED: 15:30, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 15:30, Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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The monarch, 94, gave us more than our fair share of broadcasts last year, doing one specifically addressing the coronavirus crisis and then her usual Christmas message. In her speech on Christmas Day, celebrating diversity was at the heart of her message, as she told the nation that everyone is “special and equal”. Paying tribute to all those not able to see family and loved ones over Christmas, she also highlighted people who have not been able to gather for different festivities including Passover, Easter, Eid and Vaisakhi.

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She also noted the “joyous moments of hope and unity” as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrated Diwali.

While praising frontline workers for their hard work and sacrifice in 2020, the Queen touched on a Christian parable to highlight this message of inclusion ‒ The Good Samaritan.

She said: “The man who is robbed and left at the roadside is saved by someone who did not share his religion or culture.

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“This wonderful story of kindness is still relevant to today.

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queen elizabeth iiThe Queen's moving speech was broadcast on Christmas Day (Image: GETTY)

queen windsorThe Queen and her seven senior royals (Image: GETTY)

“Good Samaritans have emerged across society showing care and respect for all, regardless of gender, race or background, reminding us that each one of us is special and equal in the eyes of God.”

Her Majesty delivered the Christmas speech from her home at Windsor Castle, where she has been shielding with Prince Philip, 99.

She cancelled the usual Sandringham Christmas in light of the increasing spread of the virus and resulting restrictions from the Government.

The Royal Family, like many families up and down the country, were separated on this day for the first time in years.

queen elizabeth ii churchThe Queen leaving church in January 2020 (Image: GETTY)

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