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THE Queen’s Christmas Speech 2015: Video, Text & History.

by Anura Guruge


The official video of The Queen’s Christmas 2015 Broadcast
— on YouTube.

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Click to access. The SPEECH per se starts at the 2:26 minute mark. Prior to that it is a quick pictorial preview of the Queen’s year fading into the Victorian Christmas tree theme that the Queen starts off with.

The Queen, at 89, looks amazing.

The Broadcast, per the tradition, was delivered on British TV at 3pm GMT (10 am Eastern).

As ever it is a lovely, touching — and short — speech.
My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.

Some of the other scenes from this video — at the start.

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The Queen starts off her 2015 speech reminiscing, quite touchingly, about Christmas trees and Malta. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Christmas tree painting that started the custom in Britain.


The FULL Text of the Queen’s 2015 Christmas Broadcast.

“At this time of year, few sights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.

The popularity of a tree at Christmas is due in part to my great-great grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

After this touching picture was published, many families wanted a Christmas tree of their own, and the custom soon spread.

In 1949, I spent Christmas in Malta as a newly-married naval wife.

We have returned to that island over the years, including last month for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders; and this year I met another group of leaders: The Queen’s Young Leaders, an inspirational group, each of them a symbol of hope in their own Commonwealth communities.

Gathering round the tree gives us a chance to think about the year ahead – I am looking forward to a busy 2016, though I have been warned I may have Happy Birthday sung to me more than once or twice.

It also allows us to reflect on the year that has passed, as we think of those who are far away or no longer with us.

Many people say the first Christmas after losing a loved one is particularly hard.

But it’s also a time to remember all that we have to be thankful for.

It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’.

One cause for thankfulness this summer was marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

On VJ Day, we honoured the remaining veterans of that terrible conflict in the Far East, as well as remembering the thousands who never returned.

The procession from Horse Guards Parade to Westminster Abbey must have been one of the slowest ever, because so many people wanted to say ‘thank you’ to them.

At the end of that war, the people of Oslo began sending an annual gift of a Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square.

It has 500 light bulbs and is enjoyed not just by Christians but by people of all faiths, and of none.

At the very top sits a bright star, to represent the Star of Bethlehem.

The custom of topping a tree also goes back to Prince Albert’s time. For his family’s tree, he chose an angel, helping to remind us that the focus of the Christmas story is on one particular family.

For Joseph and Mary, the circumstances of Jesus’s birth – in a stable – were far from ideal, but worse was to come as the family was forced to flee the country.

It’s no surprise that such a human story still captures our imagination and continues to inspire all of us who are Christians, the world over.

Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.

Although it is not an easy message to follow, we shouldn’t be discouraged; rather, it inspires us to try harder: to be thankful for the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives, and to look for ways of spreading that love to others, whenever and wherever we can.

One of the joys of living a long life is watching one’s children, then grandchildren, then great grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree. And this year my family has a new member to join in the fun!

The customary decorations have changed little in the years since that picture of Victoria and Albert’s tree first appeared, although of course electric lights have replaced the candles.

There’s an old saying that ‘it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness’.

There are millions of people lighting candles of hope in our world today.

Christmas is a good time to be thankful for them, and for all that brings light to our lives.

I wish you a very happy Christmas.”


For a delightful history as to the Monarch’s Christmas speech
check out this OFFICIAL site.


Related posts:
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Queen’s Christmas Speech.
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2013: Queen’s Christmas Speech.


by Anura Guruge


Pope Francis Despite Mass Appeal Runs Into Opposition & Continues To Contradict.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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by Anura Guruge


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Dec. 31, 2013.
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The pope’s opposition to the same sex adoption law being considered in Malta despite his famous, populist claim as to ‘who am I to judge’, is but just one example of how this pope will continue to trip up since he is playing a dangerous game: making platitudes to please the masses though he has no intention at all to change Church teaching, stance or doctrine. So while he orally panders to the gay community he stands by the book when it comes to the entrenched Catholic belief on this thorny subject. It is very confusing.

Ditto when it comes to his inflammatory remarks about wealth, capitalism and charity. I noticed that on Christmas Eve and New Years Day he was proudly wearing his five (5) gem studded GOLD pallium pins — each worth a few thousand dollars! Those are supposed to represent the rusted nails used to crucify Jesus. IF this pope was serious about wealth distribution he wouldn’t flaunt these gold pins. He would use cheap metal pins.

Ken Langone, one of the founders of Home Depot, confounds me. I see him often on CNBC. He is one of the most obnoxious (and ugly looking) men I have had the misfortune of having to witness. I typically switch channels because he upsets my stomach. But, I am glad to see that he is mad with the pope. But, to be fair as far as I can see Langone doesn’t seem to like anybody other than himself — but that is probably because he hasn’t looked in a mirror in a long time.

Anyhow, here is a small sampling of the HOT WATER that the pope is running into — and will continue to run into. Click on each to access the original. Enjoy.


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And then this … which is quite funny …
but this is the pope’s own doing.

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Pope Francis’ ‘Who Am I To Judge’ Does NOT Extend To Same Sex Adoption. Pope Displays True Colors.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access article from 'Time'. Google 'Francis Malta' for more ...

Click to access article from ‘Time’. Google ‘Francis Malta’ for more …


As a profession (and rather successful) ‘Pope Watcher‘ I knew this was going to happen.

Kind of in the same league as Francis and his gold pallium pins — when he keeps on harping on about charity.

The problem, that so many,
especially the clowns in the media,

haven’t worked out is that this Pope is CONSERVATIVE!
He had to be, to be created a cardinal by John Paul II (#265).
Under John Paul II & Benedict XVI (#266)
prospective cardinals

had to sign an OATH confirming that they are
bona fide traditionalists.

 

He is not going to change the Catholic wide-stance on gay folks, abortion, contraception, women priest, clerical celibacy etc. etc. He just likes to talk a good game. BIG DIFFERENCE.

This is why I did this post for you. Pope’s talk about inclusiveness does NOT change Catholic doctrine.

The other problem, and I have written about that … is that this pope is very careless, intentionally or otherwise, in what he says. He basically blurts out stuff without thinking about what he is saying. This is not good.

wolfinsheepfurDuring the last 4 months I have been doing a crazy amount of research on Pope John XXIII (#262) since I am writing a book on him. Superficially there are a lot of similarities between Francis and John XXIII. But, John NEVER said anything that he did NOT mean 100%. That is key. John was a very intriguing person. Though of dirt-poor, farming peasant stock, he was extraordinarily astute and clever — in a very street-smart way. He rarely, if ever, put a foot wrong and I have yet to really see an example of ‘foot in mouth’. Not so with Francis. He is a loose cannon.

His ‘horror’ at same sex adoption is going to rattle the LGBT community — as it should. They misread him.

This is going to be an ongoing problem.

This pope has created false expectations
— intentionally, or otherwise.

It will be an interesting 2014.

Happy New Year.

I Get This Vitriolic E-mail, Supposedly From Malta, From A ‘Christopher Spiteri’, Allegdly Working For The Government Of Malta.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


The e-mail address is:
“Spiteri Christopher at Transport” <christopher.spiteri@transport.gov.mt>

Click for all of it. Very amusing. This twerp, supposedly working for the government of Malta, calling OUR President, the President of the U.S., a socialist. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.