"ONWARD!"

Hillary Clinton has thanked her supporters in an uplifting end-of-year message, encouraging her dedicated followers to "keep doing our part to build a better, stronger, and fairer future".

In a moving Facebook post, the former presidential candidate said she was "proud" of her campaign, and the millions of people who voted for her - perhaps subtly acknowledging her substantial lead in the popular vote.

"While we didn't achieve the outcome we sought, I'm proud of the vision and values we fought for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them," Ms Clinton, 69, wrote.

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"The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. So let us rejoice in this season and look forward with renewed hope and determination."

The former secretary of state concluded: "I wish you and your family health, happiness, and continued strength for the New Year and the work ahead. I look forward to staying in touch in 2017. Onward!"

There was no mention of President-elect Donald Trump.

Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your support of our campaign. While we didn't achieve the outcome...

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Monday, 26 December 2016

Clinton has kept a low profile since her shock loss to Republican opponent Trump in November. She and husband Bill Clinton were most recently spotted attending a Christmas Eve service at a church near their home in Chappaqua, New York.