The Queen has lauded the ordinary people of the UK who perform extraordinary tasks to become unsung heroes in her 64th Christmas Day speech, broadcast on Sunday, 25 December. She said that she draws her strength from these people.

Dressed in a deep jade, silk cloque dress by Angela Kelly, Queen Elizabeth II said the UK's Olympians and Paralympians who won the second spot in the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympics are an inspiration.

"Having discovered abilities they scarcely knew they had, these athletes are now inspiring others," she said.

The Queen, who is seen wearing a pearl and diamond brooch previously worn by the late Queen Mother, will also spoke about the achievements of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which completed its 60th year in 2016, and The Prince's Trust, which turned 40 this year.

The 10-minute message, filmed in Buckingham Palace's regency room, was recorded before news broke that her pregnant granddaughter Zara and husband Mike Tindall had lost their baby. They were due to have their second child.

Her Majesty, who celebrated her 90th birth anniversary this year, is currently the patron of around 600 charities and bodies, after having announced stepping down as patron of 25 charities and organizations earlier in the week.

She spoke about these charities and highlighted their work in her Christmas Day speech.

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Queen Elizabeth II (seen in pic with Britain's Prince Charles in a photoshoot to mark the end of the year of celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday, on December 17, 2016) will address the nation in her annual Christmas Day speech on Sunday, 25 December Nick Knight/Courtesy of Clarence House/Handout via REUTERS