Queen Elizabeth II is optimistic about the future despite the uncertainty that still lies ahead! As People shares, the royal reflected on some 2020 memories with a special Instagram post on Thursday, sharing some words of encouragement as the year draws to a close.

Queen Elizabeth II believes "better days will return"

Queen Elizabeth II highlighted a few memorable moments from the year, such as her wedding anniversary with Prince Philip and the knighting of Sir Tom Moore. "We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again," she wrote. "Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year."

As People shares, the queen's Instagram post saw her reiterate the message that she delivered to the United Kingdom back in April, during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. At that time, Queen Elizabeth II gave a televised speech to the nation— which is an incredibly rare occurrence for the royal!

Queen Elizabeth cancels staff gift-giving in 2020 amid pandemic.

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Queen Elizabeth II ended up having to cancel her Christmas plans this year as the United Kingdom remained in lockdown. She also expressed her sadness over the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were unable to celebrate the holidays with the royal family!

The monarch is currently in isolation with Philip at Windsor Castle, where they spent the holidays this year instead of the traditional grounds for their festivities— the queen's Sandringham estate. It has also been said that Queen Elizabeth II is expected to receive her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks, which offers some hope for the royal family in the new year!

Queen Elizabeth II stands after signing a visitor's book during her visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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