• Short Summary

    "The enclosed recording of the Queen's Christmas Message is supplied on the understanding that:
    a) it will not be broadcast before 0930 GMT on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1974, in any part of the world, except New Zealand and Australia, where it may be broadcast from 1800 hours local time onwards.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Queen seated at table
    2.27


    "Here in Britain, from where so many people of the Commonwealth came, we hear a great deal about our troubles, about discord and dissension, and about the uncertainty of our future. Perhaps we make to much of what is wrong and too little of what is right. The trouble with gloom is that it feeds upon itself, and depression causes more depression. There are, indeed, real dangers and there are real fears, and we will never overcome them if we turn against each other with angry accusations. We may hold different points of view, but it is at times of stress and difficulty that we most need to remember that we have much more in common than there is dividing us. We have the lessons of history to show that the British people have survived may a desperate situation when they acted together. People in a crowd may seem oblivious of each other. Yet, if you look at your neighbors, you will see other people with worries and difficulties probably greater than your own. It is time to recognise that, in the end, we all depend upon each other. In times of doubt and anxiety, the attitude people show in their daily lives, in their homes, and in their work are of supreme importance. It is by acting in this spirit that every man, woman and child can help and make a difference. In Britain, I'm sure it could make all the difference. We are an inventive and tenacious people, and the comradeship of adversity brings out the best in us. And we have great resources, not just these of character but in our industry and trade, in our farms, and in the seas around our shores. My message today is one of encouragement and hope. Christmas on this side of the equator comes at the darkest time of the year. But we can look forward hopefully to lengthening days and the returning sun. The first Christmas came at a time that was dark and threatening. But from it came the light of the world. I wish you all a happy Christmas."




    Initials BB/1550 TH/AW/BB/1530


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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: "The enclosed recording of the Queen's Christmas Message is supplied on the understanding that:
    a) it will not be broadcast before 0930 GMT on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1974, in any part of the world, except New Zealand and Australia, where it may be broadcast from 1800 hours local time onwards.

    b) the text will not be placed on Club tapes or published anywhere in the world before 0930 GMT on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1974, with the same exception as above.

    c) the recording may not be used wholly or in part fter the Christmas season without prior application to the Queen's Press Secretary."
    In her Christmas message this year, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is referring at length to the current economic difficulties facing the British people in particular.

    The latter part of her speech -- from which this extract is serviced -- concentrates almost exclusively on Britain's present difficulties, with only a passing reference to the Commonwealth.

    Her message calls for an end to gloomy speculation on coming economic disasters, and for the British people to unite against adversity:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAILVGPRU603XQKUL8IZU5DIRR
    Media URN:
    VLVAAILVGPRU603XQKUL8IZU5DIRR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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