Queen Elizabeth II will extol the virtues of the family – including the family of the Commonwealth – in her traditional Christmas message that ends a good year for the British monarchy with the marriage of Prince William, according to excerpts provided to the press on Saturday.
In this pre-recorded message which will be broadcast December 25 at 3:00 p.m. on radio and television, the Queen, aged 85 years and now great-grandmother, will stress the importance of this institution.
“Of course, families do not necessarily mean blood relations, but also often means a community, organization or nation,”
The Commonwealth “is a family of 53 nations, united by a common bond, beliefs, values and shared goals,” she said.
Elizabeth II, who opened the top of the organization in October in Perth, is sending members of the royal family in 15 Commonwealth countries of which she is head of state, on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The British royal family is experiencing a resurgence in popularity since the marriage of William and Kate on April 29, after the dark years of sensational divorce between Prince Charles and Diana, and the death of the latter in 1997 to Paris in a car accident car.
The queen, who had appeared at the time of step with her subjects, has managed to weather the storm and is now a figure of “national treasure”, according to a recent article in the Times.
Elizabeth II holds the longevity record second to the British throne, behind Queen Victoria, who reigned over 63 years.
Her speech on December 25, which is not covered by the government unlike its other interventions, is one of the few opportunities for her to publicly express her personal opinions.
This is followed each year by thousands of Britons currently spend Christmas with family. It is also broadcast in the Commonwealth.