Queen pays tribute to Grenfell Tower survivors in Christmas speech

Monarch also remembers terror victims and praises Prince Philip on 60th anniversary of first Christmas TV broadcast

The Queen chose the theme of “home” for a highly personal Christmas broadcast in which she paid tribute to victims and young survivors of the Manchester Arena bombing and those of the Grenfell Tower fire.

She highlighted how the “powerful identities” of London and Manchester “shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks”. Her message was broadcast across Britain and the Commonwealth as the royal family welcomed the American actor Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancee, who became the first unmarried partner to be invited to Sandringham for Christmas, and was making her first public appearance with the royal family.

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