Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Her Majesty on Youtube

Being out for Christmas dinner this year, I did not catch the Queen's Speech live - I had to rely on Youtube.

It reminded me how lucky we are to have this Queen. This year's speech was excellent. Merging in scenes from her first ever Christmas Broadcast was a superb idea, which emphasised the continuity of her reign as well as the myriad of changes which have taken place in society and in the world during it. The theme of her speech: to remember the poor and the outsider as well as the brave men and women of our armed forces reminds us, as Her Majesty put it, that we are all part of one human family. The existence of our common humanity as well as the timelessness of Christ's Greatest Commandment to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves should be at the forefront of everything we do. Her Majesty's frequent references to the teachings of Jesus remind us that, throughout her long life, she has been a faithful Christian, dedicated to duty.

I look forward to The Royal Channel's continued success and to many more videos being uploaded to it, to bring the monarchy and their part in this country's history to a new worldwide audience. 800,000+ views within its first week speaks for itself.

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen

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