The British Queen Elizabeth II told Wednesday in her annual Christmas speech that she is impressed by young activists, who, for example, have worked hard for the climate this year. "The challenges facing the current generation of young people are different from those that my generation was confronted with," said the monarch.
The queen praised the dedication of new generations who do something about the problems, as her generation did in World War II. Elizabeth served in the British army during war and was trained as a mechanic.
Queen Elizabeth also called for reconciliation and cooperation. As an example, she mentioned the commemoration of D-day, the day on which the Allies invaded Europe occupied by Germany.
"On the 75th anniversary of that battle, sworn enemies came together for friendly commemorations on either side of the Channel and left old disputes behind them," said the British monarch.
"By being willing to leave old disputes behind and move forward together, we honor the freedom and democracy for which we have paid a high price."
"Small steps can make a world of difference in the world." Queen Elizabeth II
Queen makes comparison with moon landing
The queen also mentioned the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing. "As a child I could never have imagined that people would walk on the moon," said Elizabeth.
The queen further said that "small steps can make a world of difference in the world". It was a reference to the famous statement by astronaut Neil Armstrong: "A small step for a human, a big leap for humanity." She also mentioned the various organizations and emergency services that are committed to helping others.
In addition to the message of reconciliation, the Queen also acknowledged that 2019 was a "year with obstacles". The United Kingdom was confronted with, among other things, protracted Brexit negotiations that culminated in new elections this month. The Conservatives won a large majority in the British House of Commons, as a result of which Prime Minister Boris Johnson managed to get his Brexit deal through parliament on Friday.
The British queen also mentioned the birth of her eighth great-grandson. Archie was born in May, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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"Controversial Prince Andrew not at church service with family"
According to BBC News, the controversial British prince Andrew was not present at the church service that the royal family attended on Wednesday. He attended a service earlier than his family members and was not at the public greeting.
Andrew resigned his public duties in November because of the fuss around his friendship with multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted of sexual misconduct.
Prince Philip, who was released from hospital after four days on Tuesday, was also not present at the church service.