Queen Elizabeth’s Annual Christmas Message

The Importance of Respecting Others

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 2018. Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (10040708a) Queen Elizabeth II after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace Queen Elizabeth II Christmas broadcast, London, UK – 24 Dec 2018

Queen Elizabeth II is wishing her kingdom a very merry Christmas — and imparting the importance of respect and kindness.

Though her annual Christmas address doesn’t air until Dec. 25, a preview released by the palace teases the 92-year-old Queen’s touching speech from Buckingham Palace‘s majestic White Drawing Room.

Wearing an ivory silk cocktail dress by Angela Kelly, the longest-reigning British monarch notes that “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 Queen also emphasized the impact of kindness in her address. “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,” she proclaimed.

She nodded to Jesus’ teachings to illustrate her hope for the future. “I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date,” the Queen commented. “It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”

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Her speech, produced by Sky News, includes sweet tokens of the family she praises. On a table within view of the camera, a black-and-white picture from 1948 shows the Queen when she was still a princess with her husband Prince Philip and their infant son Prince Charles.

Plus, the Queen wears the Scarab brooch that her husband gave her in 1966. Andrew Grima’s sparkling design includes yellow gold and carved ruby with diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth II will deliver her 66th Christmas message to the nation on December 25, 2018; aired on the BBC. You can also find it on YouTube after its been aired.

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