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The Queen invokes the spirit of reconciliation - Telegraph

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We have heard much this year – the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – about remembrance. The blood-red field of ceramic poppies outside the Tower of London, each symbolising a life cut short in that industrialised slaughter, captured the imagination of the nation, made us think anew about what it must have been like to be on those awful, muddy fields, to have been summoned to make the ultimate sacrifice for King and country.

In her Christmas message yesterday, Her Majesty the Queen did indeed evoke that theme of sacrifice and loss. Upon visiting the poppies, she said: “The only possible reaction to seeing them and walking among them was silence. For every poppy a life; and a reminder of the grief of loved ones left behind.”
Yet her chosen theme was not remembrance, but reconciliation. In a world scarred by war and conflict, in which our political discourse seems more rancorous than ever, it was not only useful but necessary to be reminded that we can also put our divisions behind us. Her Majesty began by invoking the image of Coventry Cathedral – destroyed in a later and no less terrible conflict – but also dwelt on the Christmas truce of 1914, the most tangible possible proof of how shared humanity can break through institutional enmity, if only for a moment.

It was a similar story with Her Majesty’s visit to Belfast: there, she was able to see how the Crumlin Road jail, once a place of misery, “is now a place of hope and fresh purpose; a reminder of what is possible when people reach out to one another”. The pointed mentions of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and of the Scottish referendum campaign, suggested a similar hope – though couched in Her Majesty’s customary oblique and respectful fashion – that the wounds within the Union can also be healed.
This was not just a Christmas message, but a Christian one. The Queen has always been not just the head of the Anglican Church, but one of its most devout members. Yesterday, she spoke explicitly about Christ’s role as “an inspiration and an anchor in my life” – and about how Jesus incarnated the very virtues of reconciliation, compassion and forgiveness about which she was speaking.

On that Christmas Day 100 years ago, the German soldiers sang a carol that talked of a Christmas centuries before: Silent Night. That moment was, said Her Majesty, a reminder that “peace and goodwill have lasting power in the hearts of men and women”, and that “even in the unlikeliest of places, hope can still be found”. That is a sentiment, and an inspiration, that should remain with us long after Christmas itself has passed.
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:57 AM
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Now ex-IRA chief stars in the Queen's message: Martin McGuinness seen accompanying Monarch during Irish visit as part of Her Majesty's speech on reconciliation* | Daily Mail Online
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Did Princess Margaret‘s children, as well as Zara and their respective families all attend?
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:17 AM
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Did Princess Margaret‘s children, as well as Zara and their respective families all attend?

Zara was in Australia with her family but Lord Linley and Sarah Chatto attended with their children.
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:00 AM
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The Linleys or the family of Lady Sarah Chatto do not attend Sandringham every year but alternates with spending Christmas with their other sides of families. This year they didn't attend.
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Zara was in Australia with her family but Lord Linley and Sarah Chatto attended with their children.
Lord Linley and Sarah Chatto and their families did not attend Christmas at Sandringham this year. It was the immediate family this year.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:29 AM
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Is there any news on the Duchess of Cornwall? I believe she missed the Christmas Day service due to a back pain?
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Is there any news on the Duchess of Cornwall?
No, I think not.
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:18 PM
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Its was a pity the Duchess was not able to attend the Christmas Day Service.
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:36 PM
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The Middleton's must have slipped in and out of church without much notice because we only got two pictures of them attending.
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Old 12-26-2014, 01:56 PM
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The Middleton's must have slipped in and out of church without much notice because we only got two pictures of them attending.
From daily fail mail. I'm not sure if we can trust what they write.

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The Mail has learnt that the Middletons were personally invited by the Queen to join the congregation at Sandringham yesterday, although they tactfully chose to drive themselves directly from Anmer and arrived shortly before the royal party at the main entrance.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:12 PM
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Queen's speech is surprise Christmas Day TV hit winning ratings war with 7.8million viewers | Daily Mail Online

I don't usually see the speech live, but I did it this year. I know of people who chose to see it this year because they feared that she would abdicate. I don't understand that people would believe in something so stupid.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:38 PM
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:46 PM
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From daily fail mail. I'm not sure if we can trust what they write.
They arrived and left very discreetly because I didn't see them in the video. We know they were there though because we have the pictures of them entering the church but we didn't see them afterwards.
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They arrived and left very discreetly because I didn't see them in the video. We know they were there though because we have the pictures of them entering the church but we didn't see them afterwards.
I know they were there. I meant we cannot always believe in the Daily Mail source.
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:45 PM
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I know they were there. I meant we cannot always believe in the Daily Mail source.
Personally, I think the Queen goes out of her way to make sure that everyone around for the holiday celebrations feel at home and at ease. Perhaps the Middletons weren't sure of whether it would be appropriate for them to attend service at the same time as the royal family and the Queen eased their minds and let them know they were more than welcome to attend.

From what the DM insinuates though is that the Middletons were invited to attend the service with the royal family which I think was truth but they were not invited to go to the service with the royal family. Kudos to the Middletons for being discreet and not giving the DM fire fodder how they're worming their way into the royal family and any other fallacy that the reporters over there could dream up.
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This year's Cambridge sharing seems ideal. Christmas Eve with the royals and Christmas Day -everybody goes to church and William and Kate go back to Amner and eat with the Middletons. I wouldn't be surprised if Grandpa Charles and Uncle Harry went to Amner in the early morning to watch Cheeks open his presents from Santa.


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Old 12-26-2014, 04:16 PM
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We must remember that family traditions constantly evolve as new members are added and people grow up.

There are three adult generations now in the BRF and the traditions from 20-30 years ago are no longer workable. The Queen has her family, Charles has his family and now William is starting a family of his own.

Up until I got married, I spent every Christmas with my parents but obviously things changed. Some years we went to her parents, some years we stayed home and other years we went back to my parents.
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Is it possible Viscount Severn may be asserting nascent Atheism, and refuses to attend ? #joke

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The Queen sets Twitter ablaze after making Game of Thrones reference in Christmas message | Daily Mail Online
it's worth to read 2nd part of this article
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