Queen Elizabeth II Praises Ebola Volunteers in Christmas Message
Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses for a photograph as she stands in the State Dining Room of Buckingham Palace, after recording her Christmas Day television broadcast to the Commonwealth, in London December 10, 2014.Reuters

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in her Christmas message on Thursday evening, is expected to pay tribute to the medical staff and aid workers who are fighting the Ebola epidemic across the world.

She will reportedly say how "deeply touched" she is by the "selflessness" of the volunteers who risked their own life to serve the world.

The details were released ahead of the official broadcast of the message to Commonwealth. The Christmas address will be shown on television and played on the radio at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. The message is written by the Queen herself and usually reflects her own opinion on current events and experiences related to the past year.

This year the BBC produced the video, which was recorded in the Buckingham Palace's state dining room.

"I have been deeply touched this year by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who have gone abroad to help victims of conflict or of diseases like Ebola, often at great personal risk," the 88-year-old Queen will say, ABC reports.

In the video message, The Queen will appear sitting beside a table that features separate photographs of her grandparents – George V and Queen Mary – and also an embossed brass box, The Telegraph reports.

The Queen wore a purple dress by Angela Kelly and also fashioned a diamond and pearl brooch that she inherited from her grandmother. The brass box was a Christmas Day gift for those who were serving away from home in the First World War in 1914.The expenses of arranging for the gifts were paid through the Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund, created by George's daughter Princess Mary. The boxes were filled with a number of gift items from tobacco for smokers to chocolate for nurses.

The Queen's message is an annual event, which is watched by millions of people in Britain and all over the Commonwealth.

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