Changing times and Christian values were the overriding themes of the Christmas speech by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth this year, just as they were 50 years ago to the day. In one very obvious change, her traditional annual broadcast is being uploaded to YouTube this year, to feature on the Queen’s own royal channel.
Another change for 2007; the absence of her grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, from the family festivities. They’re both away on military exercise. The Queen did not forget all the other military families without their loved ones this Christmas.
“We have all been conscious of those who have given their lives, or have been severely wounded, while serving wIth the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said.
Queen Elizabeth also stressed the need for a better understanding of the disadvantaged.
“In the words of a familiar Christmas carol, let us remember in his name the poor and the helpless; the cold, the hungry and the oppressed; the sick and those who mourn; the lonely and the unloved. Wherever these words find you, and in whatever circumstances, I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas.”