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Queen 'deeply touched' by 'selflessness' of Ebola workers

The Queen will say she is "deeply touched" by the "selflessness" of medical staff fighting the Ebola outbreak in her annual Christmas speech.

Doctors and nurses from the UK and other nations have volunteered to help countries such as Sierra Leone combat the epidemic.

Today, the Queen will praise medical staff and those who provide humanitarian relief in war zones.

The Queen will deliver her annual Christmas speech at 3pm. Credit: PA

I have been deeply touched this year by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk.

– The Queen

She will also pay tribute to the 888,246 who fell in the First World War, who each had a poppy dedicated to them on display at the Tower of London earlier this year.

The message will be transmitted on both television and radio at 3pm.

The royals, who will spend the festive period at Sandringham in Norfolk, will attend a church service to mark Christmas Day.

However, they will already have opened their presents as unlike most people in the UK, they follow the German tradition of swapping gifts on Christmas Eve.

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George pictures a 'thank you' for privacy from press

The release of intimate snaps of Prince George are the royal family's way of saying "thank you" to the press for respecting his parent's wish for privacy.

Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: "I think what's important about these photographs is that the royal family have released them in acknowledgement that the paparazzi have allowed Prince George to grow up without intrusion. And I think that's very much a thank you in a way."

ITV News Correspondent Harry Smith has this report:

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Prince William pays tribute to St Andrew's at New York gala

The Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to his former univeristy in New York, saying that, "St Andrew's blend of academic excellence, mixed with a liberal approach to critical thought and creative reasoning, is one that both our nations, on both sides of the Atlantic, credit with importance."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Credit: Morgan Dessalles-Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Credit: Morgan Dessalles-Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Prince William was giving a speech at a benefit for the Scottish university at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which attended with the Duchess of Cambridge, the pair met while studying at St Andrew's.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Credit: Morgan Dessalles-Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment
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