Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chatted with her two youngest children, andrew, aged 11, and Edward, aged seven, when she delivered her traditional Christmas message this year, to her subjects at home, and to the people of the Commonwealth.
CU Queen Elizabeth II, (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1 & 2): QUEEN ELIZABETH II: "As the familiar pattern of Christmas and the New Year repeats itself, we may sometimes forget how much the world about us has been changing. One has only to look at an album of old family photographs to see how much has altered even within the memory of our own parents and grandparents. (Chats with children, pointing out King George V in family album)."
Many of you who are watching are able like me to enjoy this Christmas with our families, and your children can enjoy the day as all children should. But tragically, there are many millions of others for whom this cannot be the same. Our thoughts and prayers should be for them. Our children will be living in a world which our work and deeds have shaped for them. Just looking at those photographs reminds us of some of the changes that have taken place in the last few generations. And makes me wonder what changes there may be in the future.
We cannot possibly tell. We do know that we are passing on to our children the power to change their whole environment. But we also leave them with a set of values which they take from out lives and our example. The decisions they take and the sort of world they pass on to their children could be just as much affected by those values as by all the technological values of this age.
The Christmas message is one for all seasons and not just for one day of the year. If we can show this by our lives and by our example then our contribution as parents will be just as important as any made by scientists and engineers. Perhaps we can then look for the real peace on earth, and the powers which men have harnessed will be used for the benefit of our fellow men. I hope this Christmas day is bringing to many of you peace and happiness, and for everyone the hope of this to come. May god bless you all."
Initials ES. 1614 ES 1632
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chatted with her two youngest children, andrew, aged 11, and Edward, aged seven, when she delivered her traditional Christmas message this year, to her subjects at home, and to the people of the Commonwealth.
Please note the strict embargo on this official film till 0930GMT on December 25th.