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Watch: Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message 2016

This year’s Christmas message of Her Majesty The Queen focused on “inspiration,” urging millions of Britons to “take a deep breath” to face the “world’s big problems” after a tumultuous political year that was 2016. In fact, the word “inspire” and its derivates appeared 10 times as the Queen highlights UK’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and those from the Commonwealth. The Queen, however, made no mention of Brexit, however, her carefully coded message aims at telling her subjects to stay calm amidst the Brexit’s uncertainty.

“When people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. In fact, the word ‘inspire’ literally means ‘to breathe in’,” she said.
She also mentioned that inspiring others does not necessarily mean doing great things.

“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,” Her Majesty said.

She also emphasized “small acts of goodness”  mentioning Mother, now Saint, Teresa of Calcutta, as saying: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Queen Elizabeth II has been doing a Christmas broadcast every year since she inherited the throne in 1952, except in 1969, a busy year when Prince of Wales was invested as Prince of Wales.


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