The monarch is expected to use her annual message to reflect on her own personal faith, after a year of terrorist attacks by Isil
The Queen’s Christmas speech is set to deliver her most Christian message yet, after a year of Isil jihadist attacks.
Sources say the monarch will use her traditional annual speech to reflect on her personal faith as well as her belief in the continuing role of Christianity at the centre of British life.
Her words are expected to be particularly significant following a year of terrorist attacks by Isil.
The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, told the Mail on Sunday: “Clearly extremist is a backdrop to anything that any public figures say at this time.
“If people in this country gave greater heed to what the Queen says about the importance of Christianity in our personal as well as our national life, then we would be in a better place to confront it.
“The Queen will also be aware that Christians and others have faced unprecedented persecution over the last year in parts of the Middle East, and could even face extinction.”
The content of the Queen’s speech is, as ever, a closely guarded secret.
But a source told The Mail: “Over the years we’ve seen a greater emphasis on the Queen’s faith and we’re certain to see it in this year’s Christmas broadcast. There’s a fundamental optimism which, to an extent, is driven by her faith in contrast to the overall gloom. She is driven by a deep and spirited faith.”
This morning, the Archbishop of Canterbury posted a Christmas message to his Facebook page calling for more tolerance and understanding between different faiths.
He said: “This year has been an extremely tough one for so many people and communities in this country.
“In particular I think of our Muslim brothers and sisters who’ve felt pressurised to defend themselves in the wake of horrendous attacks carried out so outrageously in their name.
“No one in this country should have to feel fear and anxiety as they try peacefully to live, pray and worship in their faith tradition.”
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