The Queen’s 2011 broadcast has aired and focused on family, courage and working together. This, the 59th annual Queen’s speech for the holidays, was filmed in the 1844 room of Buckingham Palace. It is the first year that the speech has been made available on Amazon Kindle.
Queen’s 2011 Christmas speech draws attention to themes of courage, family
The seven-minute address drew attention to the busy Royal year and, in particular, the Royal Wedding and how people draw together in adversity. Speaking of visits to disaster-torn areas, Queen Elizabeth said:
“We have seen that it is in hardship that we often find strength from our families. It is in adversity that new friendships are sometimes formed. And it is in a crisis that communities break down barriers and bind together to help one another.”
This has become clear during the London riots of August, when communities did pull together to clean up the mess and help those who’d lost everything. She also mentioned royal visits to Christchurch, New Zealand, Wales, and Queensland, all of which had suffered catastrophe – a devastating earthquake, a mining tragedy, and floods.
Hope is a theme in Queen Elizabeth’s 2011 Christmas broadcast
Another theme was hope, centered around Queen Elizabeth’s historic trip to Ireland last May. “Relationships that years ago were once so strained have through sorrow and forgiveness blossomed into long-term friendship,” said the Queen. “It is through this lens of history that we should view the conflicts of today and so give us hope for tomorrow.”
The Queen also hailed the common bonds of the members of the Commonwealth—another form of family, according to the monarch.
Full text of Queen’s Christmas broadcast is online at British Monarchy website
Links to all 59 of the Queen’s Christmas broadcasts are posted on the British Monarchy official website.
Earlier in the day, dozens of British Royals gathered at St. Mary Magdalene Church for their Christmas service. The Queen looked stressed without her husband present, though she did brighten up when children brought her flowers.
While Prince Philip had emergency heart surgery on the 23rd and is still under observation, media attention focused, as always, on the Duchess of Cambridge. Like Mike Tindall, the Duchess was attending this particular institution for the first time.
Read the full text of the Queen’s 2011 Christmas broadcast here.
- Prince Philip spends second night in hospital
- Royals gather at Sandringham
Source: British monarchy website
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