As MPs continue to battle over Brexit, the Queen has extolled the virtues “respecting different points of view” and “coming together to seek out the common ground”.

Her Majesty returned to the theme of her Chirstmas day message in a speech to mark the centenary of the Sandringham Women’s Institute, of which she is president.

In what will be viewed as a veiled reference to the ongoing debate over the UK’s departure from the EU, the Queen said: “Reflecting on a century of change, it is clear that the qualities of the WI endure.

“The continued emphasis on patience, friendship, a strong community focus, and considering the needs of others, are as important today as they were when the group was founded all those years ago.

“Of course, every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities.

“As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes, like speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground; and never losing sight of the bigger picture.