The Queen calls for goodwill and respect in her Christmas message


LONDON: Queen Elizabeth will use her Christmas Day Broadcast to say that Christmas’s message of peace and goodwill needs to be heeded as much as ever, and people should respect each other even when they harbour the most deeply held differences.

According to excerpts released by Buckingham Palace on Monday, the 92-year-old monarch will also speak of family and friendship following a year in which her grandson Prince Harry married U.S.-born actress Meghan Markle.

The Queen will say: “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”

The address, which is written by the Queen, traditionally has a strong religious framework and reflects on current issues, drawing on her own experiences over the past year.