In her Christmas message for 1980, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second speaks of the season as a time for people to remember all that is hopeful and good in a changing world.
SV INTERIOR Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II speaking in English
SV Queen speaking
GV Queen speaking and fade into Royal standard flag (Queen stops speaking at 84ft/25. mtrs/2.14 minutes)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: ELIZABETH II: "To all of you on this Christmas Day, whatever your conditions of work and life, easy or difficult, whether you feel that you are achieving something or whether you feel frustrated, I want to say a word of thanks. And I include all those who don't realise that they deserve thanks, and are content that what they do is unseen and unrewarded. The very act of living a decent and upright life is in itself a positive factor in maintaining civilised standards. We face grave problems in the life of our country, but our predecessors, and many alive today, have faced far greater difficulties, both in peace and war, and have overcome them by courage and calm determination. They never lost hope and they never lacked confidence in themselves, or in their children. In difficult times we may be tempted to find excuses for self-indulgence, and to wash our hands of responsibility. Christmas stands for the opposite. The wise men and the shepherds remind us that it is not enough simply to do our jobs. We need to go out and look for opportunities to help those less fortunate than ourselves, even if that service demands sacrifice. It was their belief and confidence in God which inspired them to visit the stable and it is this unselfish will to serve that will see us through the difficulties we face. We know that the world can never be free from conflict and pain, but Christmas also draws our attention to all that is hopeful and good in this changing world. It speaks the values and qualities that are true and permanent, and it reminds us that the world we would like to see can only come from the goodness of the heart. To all of you wherever you may be, I wish happiness this 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 1980, EXCEPT IN NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALASIA, WHERE IT MAY BE BROADCAST FROM 1800 HOURS LOCAL TIME ONWARDS.
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Background: In her Christmas message for 1980, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second speaks of the season as a time for people to remember all that is hopeful and good in a changing world.