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Queen's Christmas speech: I hope for light after this year's 'moments of darkness'

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The Queen spoke of finding hope in "moments of darkness" during her Christmas Day speech.

The royal message comes after a year which has seen a number of terror attacks, such as the Paris atrocities and the gun attacks in Tunisia.

Reflecting on the past 12 months, the monarch said: "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'."

The Queen described the festive period as "a time to remember all that we have to be thankful for".

In a year that marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Queen offered renewed thanks for the service and sacrifice of those who took part in the conflict.

She also gave thanks to "the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives", starting with family.

The Queen recorded her Christmas message sat at a desk in Buckingham Palace's 18th Century Room, with a large Christmas tree in the background.

The Christmas address is written by the Queen and is one of the rare occasions when she does not turn to the Government for advice but is able to voice her own views.