The full text of the Queen's special Christmas message to UK forces.
I would like to send a special message to all of you in the services
spending Christmas on active duty away from home.
Very many of you listening
today will be separated from your families this Christmas which is hard for both
you and those who are left at home.
It has been a very demanding year. I am proud of the way that you have risen
to the challenges with typical professionalism.
The varied tasks you take on in
all parts of the world may be changing, but what remains the same is the spirit,
good humour, courage and commitment you show every day, often in the most
The conflict in Iraq has dominated the headlines at home, but I am only too
aware that whilst many of you have been deployed there, others have been working
tirelessly in many other theatres.
Whichever service you belong to, peace-keeping and humanitarian missions -
helping to safeguard the innocent and offer them renewed hope for a better life
- are as much a part of your duties today as combat operations, whether in the
Balkans, Afghanistan, or elsewhere.
Wherever you are, I would like to express my gratitude for your service this
year, and I send each and every one of you my good wishes for Christmas and the