British Royal Family

The Queen's 2018 Christmas Day message reflects on her family's "busy" year

Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas Day message also urged people to show respect and "decency" towards others.

The Queen delivered her 2018 Christmas message on Christmas Day afternoon (London time) - and, in the spirit of all good carols, the focus was on kindness, goodwill and peace on Earth.
Her 61st annual address, filmed in Buckingham Palace's majestic White Drawing Room, was reflective, personal and with a strong Christian theme. As per usual, the message was written by the Queen herself.
The Queen delivers her 2018 Christmas message from here white drawing room. Source Instagram
The Queen spoke of her faith which has sustained her over the years. "I believe [Jesus'] message of peace on Earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone.
"Through the many changes I have seen over the years – faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance."
The monarch goes on to talk about the need for unity in diversity. "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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She also acknowledged key events of 2018, like England reaching the World Cup semi-finals and the World War I centenary celebrations, and also that it had been a "busy" year for her own family.
"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," the Queens said
"We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales."
The Royal Christmas Message has been a pinnacle part of Christmas Day celebrations in Britain and around the Commonwealth since it was first delivered by the Queen's father King George V in 1932.
Queen Elizabeth has continued the tradition, writing her own message each year. Her broadcasts reflect upon current issues and concerns, and she also shares her own reflections on what Christmas means to her and her family.
Last year she paid tribute to her husband Prince Philip, and to their 70-year marriage, showing her sentimental side.
"When we were married I don't think there was such a thing as a platinum anniversary, they didn't know we would be around that long," she joked.
Her Majesty praised her husband as she addressed his retirement: "Even Prince Philip has decided it's time to slow down a little — having, as he economically put it, 'done his bit'. But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever."
Here is the Queen's 2018 Christmas Day broadcast in full:

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