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The Queen wishes for peace in Annual Royal Christmas speech for C'wealth countries
Queen Elizabeth, 92, and her husband Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, 97, gifted their royal staff greeting cards wishing Merry Christmas, offered puddings and the Queen delivered her annual speech to the nation. Her speech was broadcast on television, radio, and the internet on Christmas Day.

In her pre-recorded annual Christmas speech to Commonwealth nations, the Queen wished for peace while giving some personal reflections as a monarch.

In typical British humor, the queen said, "Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom…I'd like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life's baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good and yet a capacity for evil."

The annual message was meant for the 53 Commonwealth countries. Before the broadcast, the queen along with other royals attended a church service.

The Royal Christmas Message is the tradition that began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V on the British Broadcasting Corporation's Empire Service. Since 1952, the message has been read by Elizabeth II and widely aired in the United Kingdom and on the internet.

Last year, the Queen had paid tribute to the survivors of the 2017 London attacks and Manchester terrorist attacks and given her thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and those who lost so much in the disaster along with reflecting on the milestones in her own life.

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