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The Queen: “Christian message of goodwill to all as important as ever”

THE QUEEN’S Christmas Day speech highlights the Christian message of “peace on earth and goodwill to all” and the monarch has said it is needed “as much as ever”. 

With parliament deeply divided over Theresa May’s Brexit deal and military conflicts still raging in parts of the world, the monarch’s words are likely to resonate with many.

Politicians on all sides have engaged in bitter wrangling for weeks as the date for Britain leaving the EU – March 29 next year – draws ever closer.

In the traditional Christmas Day broadcast, recorded in Buckingham Palace’s white drawing room, the monarch will highlight Jesus’s message – often cited at Christmas time. 

The Queen, 92, says: “I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”

During her address the monarch highlights the importance of people with strongly opposing views bridging the gap between one another, by being civil and acting with common decency.

The Queen says: “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.”

As head of state, the Queen remains publicly neutral when it comes to political matters and does not express her views on issues.

In her message to the nation, the Queen will also highlight the importance of her loved ones around her and her strong Christian beliefs.

She added:  “…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.”

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