The Queen is accompanied by Prince Edward after they arrived by helicopter to visit Prince Phillip.LONDON – The Queen has celebrated the importance of the family in her Christmas Day message, describing the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as her own personal reminder of the value of loved ones.
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In times of hardship we often ”find strength from our families” and in a crisis communities ”break down barriers and bind together” to help each other, she said.

”Sadly”, it sometimes took a tragedy to bring out valued qualities from within an individual, she said.

But William and Kate’s wedding – a joyous occasion for the monarchy and celebrated by up to a million people on the streets of London – reinforced to the Queen the importance of relatives in happy times.

In her annual address, she paid a poignant tribute to the Cambridges’ marriage, and that of Zara Phillips and rugby star Mike Tindall.

She said: ”The importance of family has, of course, come home to Prince Philip and me personally this year with the marriages of two of our grandchildren, each in their own way a celebration of the God-given love that binds a family together.”

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