Dec 25, 2020
Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Broadcast Speech Transcript 2020
Queen Elizabeth II held her annual Christmas broadcast for 2020, delivering a Christmas message. Read the full transcript of her Christmas speech here.
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Queen Elizabeth: (00:00)
Every day, we herald the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights. And light does more than create a festive mood. Light brings hope. For Christians, Jesus is the light of the world, but we can’t celebrate his birth today in quite the usual way. People of all faiths have been unable to gather as they would wish for their festivals, such as Passover, Easter, Eid, and Vaisakhi, but we need life to go on. Last month, fireworks lit up the sky around Windsor, as Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, providing joyous moments of hope and unity, despite social distancing.
Queen Elizabeth: (00:53)
Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has in many ways brought us closer. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of people volunteering in their communities, helping those in need. In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year. And I’m so proud and moved by the quite indomitable spirit. To our young people in particular, I say thank you for the parts you have played. This year, we celebrated International Nurses Day on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. As with other nursing pioneers like Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale shone a lamp of hope across the world.
Queen Elizabeth: (01:46)
Today, our front line services still shine that lamp for us, supported by the amazing achievements of modern science. And we owe them a debt of gratitude. We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that, even on the darkest nights, there is hope in the new dawn. Of course, for many, this time of year will be tinged with sadness; some mourning the loss of those dear to them and others missing friends and family members, distance for safety, when all they’d really want for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand.
Queen Elizabeth: (02:29)
Let the light of Christmas, the spirit of selflessness, love and, above all, hope guide us in the times ahead. It is in that spirit that I wish you a very Happy Christmas.