injustices may eventually lead to a review of the present lack of a
written constitution, most especially the way the police operate
as a form of Gestapo,
to quash the reporting of crimes. Another
bone of contention is Boris Johnson being caught lying about proroguing
of parliament, without redress from Buckingham
Palace, leaving the system wide open and demonstrably corrupt to
the core with cronyism.
We live in hope of a constitutional revolution.
One tradition that has spanned decades is tuning in as the monarch addresses the nation.
The first Christmas Broadcast was delivered by George V in 1932. Queen Elizabeth II’s first message was in 1952, after the death of George VI.
Since 1957, the Christmas broadcast has been televised on Christmas Day, and many tune in every year to hear the Queen reflect on current issues and
concerns, following a trying year for Her Majesty.
She lost Prince Philip in April and suffered a slew of health issues later in the year.
It is not a live broadcast, and the Queen usually records the message in the weeks preceding Christmas.
CHANNEL WAS THE QUEEN'S SPEECH ON?
You can watch the Queen’s message on BBC One, ITV and Sky News.
You can also hear the message broadcast on the radio, airing on BBC Radio Four.
The Christmas message will also be shown live on the Royals’ YouTube channel, Facebook and available as a podcast.
If you have an Amazon Echo device, you can also listen to the Queen’s message on that from 3pm, simply say ‘Alexa, play the Queen’s Christmas message.’
MESSAGE 2021 - Nobody can fault the Queen in delivering what is
always an uplifting message, despite the rights and wrongs of the year
in question. We look forward to her message in 2022, and a better year
for all her subjects.
"Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year, especially, I understand why.
But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world. His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible. That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him.
But life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings; and as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas.
We felt his presence as we, like millions around the world, readied ourselves for
Christmas. While Covid again means we can’t celebrate quite as we may have wished, we can still enjoy the many happy traditions. Be it the singing of carols (as long as the tune is well known); decorating the tree; giving and receiving presents; or watching a favourite film where we already know the ending, it’s no surprise that families so often treasure their Christmas routines. We see our own children and their families embrace the roles, traditions and values that mean so much to us, as these are passed from one generation to the next, sometimes being updated for changing times. I see it in my own family and it is a source of great happiness.
Prince Philip was always mindful of this sense of passing the baton. That’s why he created The
Edinburgh’s Award, which offers young people throughout the Commonwealth and beyond the chance of exploration and adventure. It remains an astonishing success, grounded in his faith in the future.
He was also an early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment; and I am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son
Charles and his eldest son
William - admirably supported by
Catherine - most recently at the COP
climate change summit in Glasgow.
Next summer, we look forward to the Commonwealth Games. The baton is currently travelling the length and breadth of the Commonwealth, heading towards Birmingham, a beacon of hope on its journey. It will be a chance to celebrate the achievements of athletes and the coming-together of like-minded nations.
And February, just six weeks from now, will see the start of my Platinum
Jubilee year, which I hope will be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness; a chance to give thanks for the enormous changes of the last seventy years - social, scientific and cultural - and also to look ahead with confidence.
I am sure someone somewhere today will remark that Christmas is a time for children. It’s an engaging truth, but only half the story. Perhaps it’s truer to say that Christmas can speak to the child within us all. Adults, when weighed down with worries, sometimes fail to see the joy in simple things, where children do not.
And for me and my family, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce, and see anew the wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year.
They teach us all a lesson - just as the Christmas story does - that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with endless potential.
It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing: simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of
Jesus — a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith. His birth marked a new beginning. As the carol says, “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight”.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas."
IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE - Under the present system where the Head of
State is a royal, and there is no written
constitution, politicians like
David Cameron and Boris
Johnson can lie
with impunity - even to Queen
Elizabeth - and not face penalties. Police
officers can shoot unarmed civilians and not be sent to prison, and
planning officers can deceive the Secretaries of State and High Court
judges, and not be prosecuted. In effect, it is alleged that there is little justice in
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We aver that such
machinations are costing the ordinary taxpayer, Treasury and the Crown (being the
state) significant sums of money, while adding to the UK's carbon
footprint. Hence, the country is not being run effectively by the at
defective administration, not to serve its citizens, but to sustain and
profit itself. Unlike the US
Constitution of 1791 that exists to serve
the people. The UK is held to be the most
corrupt country in the world when it comes to the laundering of drug
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