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Queen pays tribute to 'unsung heroes' in annual Christmas speech

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 07:46

Queen Elizabeth praises inspirational Britons in her annual Christmas televised address and she urges people to make small acts of kindness. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: NO TELEVISION OR RADIO BROADCAST OF THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE MAY BE GIVEN BEFORE 1500 GMT ON 25 DECEMBER 2016 IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD EXCEPT FOR THE ADVANCE COUNTRIES (AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, FIJI, KIRIBATI, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, TONGA, TUVALU AND VANUATU; WHO SHALL BE PERMITTED TO BROADCAST FROM 1500 LOCAL TIME ON 25 DECEMBER 2016) // NO USE AFTER JANUARY 24, 2017 WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM QUEEN'S MEDIA SECRETARY STEVE KINGSTONE AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE // EXTRACTS MAY ONLY BE USED IN NEWS BULLETINS AND NOT BEFORE THE END OF THE FIRST BROADCAST OF THE FULL SPEECH AT 1510GMT // MAY ONLY BE BROADCAST IN FULL, WITH NO BREAKS FOR COMMERCIALS OR ANY OTHER REASON // FOR NEWS USE ONLY Digital: NOT BE STREAMED ON THE INTERNET OR USED ON ANY MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM (INCLUDING MOBILE PHONES) ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD BEFORE 1500 GMT ON 25 DECEMBER 2016 // NO USE AFTER JANUARY 24, 2017 WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM QUEEN'S MEDIA SECRETARY STEVE KINGSTONE AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE // MAY ONLY BE BROADCAST IN FULL, WITH NO BREAKS FOR COMMERCIALS OR ANY OTHER REASON // FOR NEWS USE ONLY . ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth's annual televised Christmas message focused on the theme of inspiration, broadcast across the Commonwealth at 1500GMT on Friday (December 25). Drawing on the success of Britain and the Commonwealth's Olympians during Rio's 2016 games, when British athletes took home a record haul of 67 medals, the Queen said that people could seek inspiration from success in their everyday lives. "To be inspirational you don't have to save lives or win medals. I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special," she said in the pre-recorded message from Buckingham Palace. At the end of a tumultuous year both in the U.K. and around the world, with Britain voting to leave the European Union and wars raging in Syria and elsewhere, the Queen said: "Even with the inspiration of others, it's understandable that we sometimes think the world's problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine," she added. She asked people to follow the lead of Jesus Christ and that she found him a guiding light in her own life. "Christ's example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe. The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows. I wish you all a very happy Christmas," she said.

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Queen pays tribute to 'unsung heroes' in annual Christmas speech

Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 07:46