Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her 2016 Christmas message to the United Kingdom and to all Commonwealth Nations. The message is formally known as “Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech”.
She used her annual message to praise the British Olympic medal winners. And also acknowledged the services her grandson, Prince William, and other “highly skilled doctors, paramedics and crew” working at the East Anglian Air Ambulance base.
However, the Queen said you don’t have to win medals or save lives to be inspirational:
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.
They are an inspiration to those who know them, and their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by Mother Teresa, from this year Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She once said: ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love’.
She reflected on her 90th birthday celebrations and how the good works done by 600 organisations she’s patron of, inspires her. But admitted there are wars and injustices going on around the world and urged people to not underestimate their little acts of kindness:
At Christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some two thousand years ago. It was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, Joseph and Mary, did not think they were important.
Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe.
The 90 year old monarch couldn’t attend Christmas service, because she’s still recovering from cold.
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