Prince Charles, 71, delivered a heartfelt Christmas message to military personnel for their work in 2020. The Duke of Cornwall thanked them for their exemplary commitment to ensuring public safety. In the video message, Charles said: “Despite all the trial and tribulations faced in the UK this year, I’m only too aware that you’ve also managed to continue your routine business through the execution of essential training, operational deployments, and safeguarding the integrity of critical elements of our defence at home and overseas.
“Activity which all too often goes unnoticed but it absolutely vital to our national security and has, I realise, been espeically challenging this year.
“In doing all this, I am conscious of the fact that is has, in many cases, meant longer spells of being separated from your families and extended period of isolation and deployment.
“As many of us look forward to meeting with our families on Christmas Day, albeit in a very limited way, a large number of you will find yourselves unable to be with loved-ones at this most special time.
“This exemplary commitment to public service is a real hallmark on our Armed Forces and provides a distinct sense of reassurance to our nation, which is greatly appreciated, I can assure you.”
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“Just as we commemorated the WW2 generation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day earlier this year, more than ever this country retains a deep sense of pride and thankfulness for our Armed Forces of today.
“To you and your families, wherever you may be, I can only wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.”
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