The Queen's Christmas Message 2009
|Here is the full text of the Queen's
Christmas Message broadcast on Christmas Day at 3 p.m.
|Recently I attended the Commonwealth
Heads of Government meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, and heard how
important the Commonwealth is to young people from all over the
world. New communication technologies allow them to reach out to
the wider world and share their experiences and viewpoints. For
many, the practical assistance and networks of the Commonwealth can
give skills, lend advice and encourage enterprise. It is
inspiring to learn of some of the work being done by these young
people who bring creativity and innovation to the challenges they
face. It is important to keep discussing issues that concern us
all; there can be no more valuable role for our family of nations.
I have been closely associated with the Commonwealth through most of its existence. The personal and living bond I have enjoyed with leaders and with people the world over has always been more important in promoting our unity than symbolism alone. The Commonwealth is not an organisation with a mission . It is rather an opportunity for its people to work together to achieve practical solutions to problems.
In many aspects of our lives, whether in sport, the environment, business or culture the Commonwealth connection remains vivid and enriching. It is, in lots of ways, the face of the future, and with continuing support and dedication I am confident that this diverse Commonwealth of nations can strengthen the common bond that transcends politics, religion, race and economic circumstances.
We know that Christmas is a time for celebration and family reunions, but it is also a time to reflect on what confronts those less fortunate than ourselves at home and throughout the world. Christians are taught to love their neighbours, having compassion and concern and being ready to undertake charity and voluntary work to ease the burden of deprivation and disadvantage. We may ourselves be confronted by a bewildering array of difficulties and challenges but we must never cease to work for a better future for ourselves and for others.
I wish you all, wherever you may be, a very happy Christmas.
Old Poundswickians the world over will, I am sure, be ready to join together in wishing Her Majesty a happy and peaceful Christmas and a joyful New Year.
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