Queen shares video of annual Christmas speech, joking that the family keeps her ‘well occupied’
The Queen's annual Christmas message was a remembrance of 2018. This year, the Queen remained very busy with new additions to the family.
The pre-recorded video was posted to YouTube on Christmas day. It featured a timeless message of love, peace, and respect. It also pointed out the Queen's place in her family. The video is found below.
The 92-year-old monarch began:
"For many, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge, is when Christmas begins. Listened to by millions of people around the world, it starts with a chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David's City."
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The Queen then gave a quick history on the traditional service which was started one hundred years ago by Eric Milner-White. She referenced the celebration by the Armed Services and gave "our deepest gratitude."
Throughout the broadcast, videos of the events were shown to better reflect things. The Queen also touched hearts when she spoke about memories of our lost loved ones.
She then added:
"Closer to home, it's been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied. We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales."
The Queen was referring to the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in May as well as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank later in the year.
Prince William and Kate Middleton gave birth to their son Louis in April while Mike and Zara Tindall welcomed a June daughter.
The Queen then touched on the human inclination to do good in contrast to some who commit evil acts. She pointed out that the commonwealth started with eight countries. It is now at 53 with 2.4 billion people.
"Its strength lies in the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding."
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The Queen attended the Christmas morning service today at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. Her Majesty was joined by members of The Royal Family including; The Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Earl and Countess of Wessex - with Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, Autumn Phillips, Princess Beatrice and Zara and Mike Tindall. Swipe to see! Thank you to everyone who came to say hello – and Merry Christmas! #Christmas2018
The Queen concluded with a message about Christmas:
"The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn't provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of life. Instead, it's about the birth of a child and the hope that birth 2,000 years ago brought to the world. Only a few people acknowledged Jesus when he was born. Now billions follow him."
She wrapped up with words of hope and resilience:
"I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it's needed as much as ever. A very happy Christmas to you all."
The annual broadcast has been by the Queen every year except for one. In 1969, the Queen opted to bypass the speech due to an intense focus on the royal family earlier in that year.
A documentary called Prince Charles's Investiture was released in the summer. So instead of speaking, the Queen's written message was sent out to the public.
For today's occasion, the Queen wore an ivory silk cocktail dress, a design by Angela Kelly, and a brooch that was given to her by Prince Philip in 1966. She recorded the message in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.