Queen’s message of hope for 2021 as she promises of ‘we’ll meet again’

The Queen has offered Brits an optimistic New Year’s message as she made another pointed nod to the late Vera Lynn.

Her Majesty took to social media this afternoon to bid farewell to 2020 and wish her subjects a "happy and healthy" New Year.

In a message shared on Twitter, the 94-year-old monarch said: “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”

The tweet was posted to 4.3 million followers shortly before 1pm, along with a selection of four photos from what has been a very challenging year.

One snap showed the Queen looking at an anniversary card with husband Prince Philip, taken only last month at the Royal residence at Windsor Castle.

Other pictures shared this afternoon included the Queen knighting Captain Tom Moore in July, after the veteran inspired the nation by raising millions of pounds for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.

A third image showed Windsor Castle, dubbed HMS Bubble, lit blue to pay tribute to the hard work of NHS workers this year.

Another featured the a shot of the Queen’s address in April being screened at Piccadilly Circus in London.

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The statement itself struck a familiar tone, revisiting the same language used by Elizabeth during her TV appearance as Brits first began grappling with Covid-19 in the Spring.

Speaking to the nation on April 5, the Queen delivered a message of hope and reminded Britons that “we will meet again” and we will “overcome” the virus.

The rare TV address sought to strike an optimistic chord, saying: “We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.”

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The Queen, along with the rest of the Royal family, quickly adapted to a new way of living during the pandemic.

Foreign tours and state visits were no longer permitted, and like other families, households have had to isolate separately.

The Queen and Philip have spent the majority of their time at Windsor Castle with a reduced number of just 20 staff.

Usual charity appearances and meetings moved online, and as ever the Queen moved with the times to take part in her first ever video conference this year.

The Royals were not immune to the disease, with both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge catching and recovering from coronavirus.

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