The Queen used her traditional Christmas speech as an opportunity to reflect on a memorable year both within the royal family and around the world. As well as reflecting on a spate of terrorist attacks by ISIS extremists, the monarch's poignant speech also touched upon her deep and spirited faith.
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Her Majesty gave her speech in the 18th Century Room in Buckingham Palace, describing Christmas as a time which can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones. "We think of those who are far away or no longer with us. Many people say the first Christmas after losing a loved one particularly hard, but it is also a time to remember all that we have to be thankful for."
The Queen gave her speech in the 18th Century Room of Buckingham Palace
In a year which marked the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Queen offered thanks for the service and sacrifice of those involved with the conflict. Speaking with a poised manner, she also gave thanks to "the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives," starting with family.
Wearing a fitted tweed day dress in white and silver with lurex thread detailing for a festive touch, Her Majesty's dress is by Miss Angela Kellly and forms part of an outfit, which consists of a coat and hat originally worn for the Diamond Jubilee visit to Wales in 2012.
The Queen topped off her look with an art deco diamond and aquamarine brooch, previously owned by her beloved mum, the Queen Mother, as well as three strands of pearls.
Her Majesty reflected on 2015 during her Christmas speech
"It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,'" Her Majesty expressed while reflecting on the past year.
2015 has been a particularly special year for the Queen as she became the UK's longest-reigning monarch in September, after surpassing the record previously held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
Her Majesty has also welcomed a new addition to the royal family – a great-granddaughter - following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter Princess Charlotte in May.
The coming year is set to be equally monumental for the sovereign, as she turns 90 in April. With a number of events already planned, including the biggest street party ever hosted on The Mall in June 2016, it is sure to be an occasion to remember.