Queen to pay tribute to the selfless in Christmas message

December 24th, 2008 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI  

London, December 24 (ANI): The Queen will pay tribute to the selfless endeavours of volunteers who have led their lives in public service in her Christmas message.

The Monarch will underline the services of those in UK and abroad, along with a special mention to Prince Charles for his lifetime of voluntary services.

The Royal would further highlight the significance of standing tall and together as a family during the economic slump in her annual address, reports the Daily Express.

The broadcast, filmed in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, comes after she reportedly urged the Royal Family to avoid displays of extravagance during the trying times.

Her December 25 speech, which shows Her Majesty in front of a grand piano covered with family photographs and with a large Christmas tree in the background, also draws attention to the support she and the Duke of Edinburgh receive from their children and grandchildren.

The message will feature previously-unseen private footage of the then 23-year-old Princess Elizabeth, and Prince Charles in a drawing room at Clarence House in 1949 when he was just one-year-old.

The broadcast, produced by the BBC, will be transmitted on both television and radio on Christmas Day and will also be available on the Royal Channel on the YouTube website from the same time. (ANI)

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