Queen Elizabeth's 2018 Christmas Message Calls For 'Respect' & 'Understanding'

Amy Mackelden
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

From Delish

  • In her annual Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth reflects on the year as it comes to an end, and looks ahead to the future. Since 1957, the speech has been broadcast on television.

  • The Queen's speech for 2018 urges listeners to "respect" one another, and to attempt to overcome even the "most deeply held differences."

  • During last year's speech, the Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the family.

Every year, Queen Elizabeth addresses the world with her Christmas speech. The Queen delivered her very first Christmas broadcast on the radio on December 25, 1952, and now her speech is streamed live on the internet and broadcast on TV to people all over the world.

Revealed a day early via the @kensingtonroyal Instagram account, in 2018, the Queen urges listeners to overcome their differences and to understand one another. She says, "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. 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."

Her impassioned message goes out at a time when the world faces much uncertainty, especially considering the major changes the United Kingdom will presumably work through during Brexit in the coming months.

According to the BBC, Queen Elizabeth is wearing an "Angela Kelly ivory silk cocktail dress" to deliver her speech, accessorized with her gold Scarab brooch, which has ruby and diamond embellishments, and was a gift from her husband, Prince Philip, in 1966.

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