The Queen emphasized the importance of keeping in touch with family in her annual Commonwealth Message.
In remarks that will be scrutinized for significance in the light of Meghan and Harry’s upcoming interview with Oprah, she emphasized the importance of family and duty.
The Queen praised the work of people who acted courageously and selflessly on the front lines during the Covid crisis.
She also spoke of a “deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual nourishment that we enjoy when we are connected with others”.
Talking about how technology had allowed people to stay close over the past year, the Queen added, “And I hope we will maintain that renewed sense of closeness and community.”
Here is the full text of the Queen’s annual Commonwealth Embassy, which will air on a special program on BBC One on Sunday.
“As we celebrate the friendship, spirit of unity and achievements of the Commonwealth over the coming week, we have an opportunity to reflect on a time unlike any other.
“While the past year’s experiences have varied across the Commonwealth, moving examples of courage, commitment and selfless commitment to duty have been shown in all countries and territories of the Commonwealth, particularly those on the front lines and in health care, and others public services in their communities.
“We have also been encouraged by remarkable advances in the development of new vaccines and treatments.
“The trial periods that so many have experienced have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual livelihood that we enjoy when we are connected with others.
“The need to maintain greater physical distance or to live and work largely in isolation has been an unusual experience for many in the Commonwealth.
“In our daily lives, we had to get more used to connecting and communicating through our innovative technology, which was new to some of us.
“With conversations and joint gatherings, including Commonwealth Meetings, held online, people can keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues and colleagues who they have not been able to meet in person.
“We are increasingly able to enjoy such communication as it offers an immediacy that transcends boundaries or divisions and helps to make the sense of distance disappear.
“We all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experience and knowledge that the collaboration brings.
“And I hope we will maintain that renewed sense of closeness and community.
“Looking ahead, relationships with others across the Commonwealth will remain important as we strive for a future together that is sustainable and safer, for the nations and neighborhoods we live in, wherever they are, for we all get healthier and happier.