In her Christmas Message for 1979, Queen Elizabeth the Second takes as her central theme "The Year of the Child", touching on the problems of families and children in many parts of the world.
GV Royal Standard flying "The Queen" superimposed
SV INTERIOR Queen Elizabeth the Second speaking
GV ZOOM INTO SV South-East Asian island with refugees in water
GV AND SV People in Crowded streets and men unloading goods and distributing them (4 shots)
SV Princess Anne visiting refugee camp and talking to woman and baby (3 shots)
CU AND SV Children in clinic and Red Cross official feeding baby (4 shots)
SV INTERIOR Queen Elizabeth to camera continues message FADE TO TV Buckingham Palace
ELIZABETH II: "In this year of the child, people all over the world have been asked to give particular thought to the special needs of sick and handicapped children. To the hungry and homeless, and to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be found. It is an unhappy coincidence that political and economic forces have made this an exceptionally difficult and tragic year for many families and children in several parts of the world, but particularly in South-east Asia. The situation has created a desperately serious challenge. And I'm glad to know that so many people of the Commonwealth have responded with wonderful generosity and kindness. It seems that, the greater the needs of children, the more people every where rise to the occasion.
"My daughter, as President of the Save the Children Fund, saw some of these volunteers looking after refugee children in the Far East. Nowhere is the voluntary effort more active than in charities and organisations devoted to helping children to survive the hazards to which they have been subjected. At Christmas, we give presents to each other. Let us also stop to think whether we are making enough effort to pass on our experience of life to our children. Today we celebrate the birth of the child who transformed history and gave us a great faith. Jesus said: 'Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not -- for such is the Kingdom of God.'
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas."
NOTE TO EDITORS: AS STATED IN THE BUCKINGHAM PALACE MESSAGE ACCOMPANYING THIS FILM, IT MUST NOT BE BROADCAST IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD BEFORE 0930 GMT ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 25 DECEMBER, 1979 EXCEPT IN NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA, WHERE IT MAY BE BROADCAST FROM 1800 HOURS LOCAL TIME ONWARDS. TRANSMISSION IS RESTRICTED TO SCHEDULED NEWS BULLETINS ONLY.
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Background: In her Christmas Message for 1979, Queen Elizabeth the Second takes as her central theme "The Year of the Child", touching on the problems of families and children in many parts of the world.
SYNOPSIS: Queen Elizabeth recorded her Christmas Message at the most famous of her residences, Buckingham Place.