Bland, emotionless Christmas message from the Queen

I watched Queen Elizabeth give her Christmas speech for the first time for many years last night – actually I didn’t, I watched a replay of what was recorded prior, along with edited in video.

Queen Elizabeth II Delivers Her Christmas Speech

The Queen delivered her speech without any sign of emotion. It was bland, with the probable highlights for some being nods to celebrity style events involving ‘my family’. I’m not sure if Prince Philip is still alive, I think so, but he didn’t get a mention.

The speech broadcast started and ended with an all-male chorister and boys choir over-singing some songs in another opulent environment.

Summary from Global News: Queen’s Christmas Message 2018

Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual Christmas message. The Queen reflected on a year of centenaries including the Armistice and the busy year in the royal family from weddings to children and how faith, family, and friendship continue to be a comfort and reassurance in a world filled with paradoxes.

BBC: The Queen’s Christmas message 2018

The Queen has said the Christian message of “peace on earth and goodwill to all” is “needed as much as ever”, in her Christmas Day broadcast.

She also emphasised the importance of people with opposing views treating each other respectfully.

Riveting and inspirational, not.

Town & Country:  Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message Reflects on the Royal Family’s ‘Busy Year’

As is tradition, Queen Elizabeth II addressed her people this afternoon, sharing her annual Christmas message.

I guess I qualify as one of ‘her people’ but I don’t feel any connection to her and her privileged life of opulence and show.

In the speech, the British monarch reflected on the royal family’s busy year, recognizing the weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, as well as the births of her two great-grandchildren, Prince Louis and Lena Tindall, and Prince Charles’s 70th birthday.

She also called out the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, remembering her father’s time in the military and honoring all of those who serve. But perhaps most impactful was the Queen’s plea for kindness and respect in our modern society.

“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 said.

“Even the power of faith which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice can fall victim to tribalism. But 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.”

This was just a traditional place holder. Not something that impresses me, but some people like this sort of thing, so here it is.

 

16 Comments

  1. Noel

     /  December 26, 2018

    Addressed her people. Knew there was a reason I never watch it.

    • Gezza

       /  December 26, 2018

      Very disrespectful, Noel. Was a time when such a treasonous remark might have cost you your head ! Be thankful this monarch is a lot more civilised. 😎

  2. Gezza

     /  December 26, 2018

    Dear old Liz. I’m rather fond of HMQE2. As monarchs go, I think she’s pretty good, even allowing for a bit of the ol’ Born-To-Rule syndrome.

    (I mean, look at blimmin Trump ! Same syndrome, but he’s a bloody nutbar !)

    So I always have a watch of her Xmas Message to the common folk, the merchants, the tradespersons, the forces, the Captains of Industry, & the nobility. It’s a Christmas tradition.

    But at the end of this one, I turned to ma, & I said: “Well, that one was a bit of a disappointment ma? I don’t feel very inspired by that one for this year !”

    Ma didn’t like to criticise. She said something about her being rather a short person & we left it at that & I said good night, gave her a quick peck on the head (she’s getting used to affection from me, it makes her feel awkward, you know that generation! ) & I came home to check whether Sir Alan had been posting admiring rubbish about Trump on YNZ.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 26, 2018

      She’s not going to say anything controversial, and nobody would expect her to.

      It is a Christmas tradition, and as this year was devoid of these for me, I watched it. What lovely hair she has, and lovely skin for a woman of 92. I have a book called The Woman’s Annual, 1951, and there are two coloured photos as well as some b/w ones in a rather fawning article about the Royal Family. On the cover, she’s stepping out of a (Rolls?) She had great legs then !

      I am by no means a Royalist, but have come to have as much affection as one can have for someone one doesn’t know for the Queen. I have seen her when she came to NZ.

  3. kluelis

     /  December 26, 2018

    Really wish Queen Elizabeth had stepped down in 2000. 1952-2002. A special 50 year era spanning post WW/2 would have been a wonderful reign. Then hand over to Charles (single or remarried ) his post Diana challenge could have been another interesting era)
    Queen Elizabeth would have made a great Queen Mum like her own mum was.
    I hope William becomes the next Monarch. A fine gesture and legacy by Charles and Diana.

    • Gezza

       /  December 26, 2018

      Not a bad suggestion, that.

    • Ray

       /  December 26, 2018

      Never going to happen, Charlie has been the fall back/reserve position since 1952 ?
      He is not going to ever give up his chance to rule.
      Especially since uncle Eddies stuff up, they just won’t abdicate.
      The only thing that might sped up the process is the man with scythe or as in early Russia a bomb.

  4. Washington Post By: Jennifer HassanHow the tradition of the Queen’s Christmas speech began

    Nothing says Christmas quite like the queen’s annual broadcast on December 25.

    For many Brits, nothing says Christmas quite like the queen’s annual broadcast on December 25.

    Maybe for ‘Brits’ (some British people).

    While many Brits sit and watch the speech, raising a glass in the name of tradition, other observers tend to look for hidden meanings in her words. Members of the royal family are politically neutral, so it is common for Brits to look beyond the surface to find more substance in her majesty’s remarks. This year’s message will see the queen encourage Brits to overcome “deeply held differences” – a comment that many believe is a direct nod to the Brexit chaos of the past two years.

    Oh, I didn’t see that in the speech. That should sort out all the differences over Brexit then.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 26, 2018

    Longest running show on TV?

  6. Blazer

     /  December 26, 2018

    Liz has probably had a gutsful..by now…

    know your place,

  7. Mother

     /  December 26, 2018

    Gorgeous singing.
    Saul was chosen by God to be the first king of Israel, not because God wanted His people to have a human king, but because they rebelliously insisted, ‘we want a king like the other nations around us!’ And God relented, like a tired father deciding to let his children learn the hard way. Saul was a good king for a while, and then he came to grief in various ways due to mental illness (jealousy mainly).
    It hurt God’s feelings that His people demanded a human king.
    Queen Elizabeth never asked to be born into her role.
    I notice that she again mentioned her faith in Jesus Christ.
    What really stood out for me is when she stated that generosity and self sacrifice can sometimes be nothing more than tribalism. This is a pertinent observation.
    The Queen’s message is bland as always but I think she is probably a person of deep waters. Nobody would like it if she was preachy or emotional.

    • Gezza

       /  December 27, 2018

      Why is God so needy and emotional? They didn’t learn the hard way, did they?