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.

 

A quaint relic

Did anyone listen to the Christmas message of an old queen from the other side of the world?

Have Queen Elizabeth’s messages ever been inspirational? Or just traditional waffle?

The Queen and whatever she says seems like a quaint relic of a long gone royal past to me. What she says is as important as what she wears – fodder for fawning journalists.

Here is her 2015 message: Queen’s Christmas message: Text in full

It seems to consist mostly of meandering musings about family and Christmas.

The main talking points seem to be her references to darkness and light.

It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.

But this followed:

One cause for thankfulness this summer was marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

A 70 year anniversary may give cause for reflection but it was hardly a huge cause for thinks this year.

It’s no surprise that such a human story still captures our imagination and continues to inspire all of us who are Christians, the world over.

Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.

Although it is not an easy message to follow, we shouldn’t be discouraged; rather, it inspires us to try harder: to be thankful for the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives, and to look for ways of spreading that love to others, whenever and wherever we can.

How inspired will anyone be by this?

There’s an old saying that “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”.

There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today.

Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them, and for all that brings light to our lives.

Lighting candles ‘of hope’ seems like as much a quaint old relic as Queen Elizabeth. Her Christmas message was a relevant to New Zealand as this reporting in the Herald.

Elizabeth wore a white and silver tweed day dress by Angela Kelly during the speech, accessorizing it with an art deco diamond and aquamarine brooch that belonged to her late mother. The table she sat next to was decorated with a portrait of Prince William, Kate and young Prince George.

I doubt we will see a surge in sales of silver tweed dresses or aquamarine brooches as a result of these product placements.

Why did the decorations feature just one grand kid and two great grand kids?  Isn’t Christmas supposed to be a family occasion?

Maybe not for an old relic.  The rest of her family are probably used to being relegated to the background, out of sight, out of mind. Like New Zealand as far as the Betty Windsor message goes at Christmas.