Her Majesty the Queen has used her Christmas message to speak plainly of the ongoing and vital significance of the coming of Christ.
In the face of attempts to marginalise Christian belief, the Queen spoke of the truth of the Bible’s account of Jesus’ birth as one which is “never out of date”.
The Queen’s traditional Christmas message was seen by around 6.4 million people – making it the most watched programme of Christmas Day.
Having reflected on a busy year for her family, Her Majesty chose to recognise the importance of her faith, along with family and friendship, as “a source of personal comfort and reassurance” over the years.
With characteristic directness, the monarch, 92, concluded by asking the millions listening and watching to consider Christ.
“The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn’t provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of Life. Instead it’s about the birth of a child and the hope that birth 2000 years ago brought to the world.
“Only a few people acknowledged Jesus when he was born. Now billions follow him. I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever.”