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UK Queen - Queen Elizabeth II Christmas message
12/25/2009
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NAME: UK QUEEN 20091225Ifl TAPE: EF09/1203 IN_TIME: 10:00:08:00 DURATION: 00:07:08:12 SOURCES: POOL DATELINE: London - recent, file RESTRICTIONS: See Shotlist SHOTLIST THE QUEEN''S CHRISTMAS BROADCAST EMBARGO This television and radio recording of The Queen''s Christmas Message is supplied to you in confidence and any use is subject to the following conditions. 1. The broadcast may not be streamed on the internet or used on any multimedia platform (including mobile phones) anywhere in the world before 1500GMT on December 25th 2009 No television or radio broadcast of the Christmas Message may be given before 1500 GMT or 1500 local time, whichever is earlier, on Christmas Day, December 25th 2009 in any part of the world, except in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, where no radio or television broadcast may be given before 1500 local time on 25th December 2009. 2. No television/radio broadcast of the Christmas Message may be given in whole or in part after 29th December 2009 without the prior written consent of Her Majesty''s Press Secretary, Miss Samantha Cohen. 3. Extracts from the Christmas Message may only be used in news bulletins, and no extract may be included in a news bulletin broadcast before the end of the first complete broadcast of the Christmas Message. 4. Except for extracts in news bulletins broadcast in accordance with (3) above, the Christmas Message may only be broadcast in full and without breaks for commercials or any other reason. 5. The promotional material for the television broadcast is embargoed until 00.01GMT or 00.01 local time, whichever is earlier on 24th December 2009 and may only be used until 15:00 GMT or 1500 local time, whichever is earlier, on 25th December 2009. No reproduction of the Christmas Message or any part thereof or any other use of this television/radio recording other than as expressly authorised above is permitted. FILE: London - Recent 1. Various of exteriors of Buckingham Palace, AUDIO: British national anthem played 2. Caption: ''The Queen'', over royal flag 2. Various of British Queen Elizabeth II attending public events 3. Exterior of palace London - recent 4. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: ++PART OVERLAID WITH RECENT PICTURES OF PROCESSION OF HEARSES THROUGH WOOTTON BASSETT CARRYING BRITISH SERVICEMEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN++ "Each year that passes seems to have its own character. Some leave us with a feeling of satisfaction, others are best forgotten. 2009 was a difficult year for many, in particular those facing the continuing effects of the economic downturn. I am sure that we have all been affected by events in Afghanistan, and saddened by the casualties suffered by our forces serving there. Our thoughts go out to their relations and friends who have shown immense dignity in the face of great personal loss." London - recent 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: ++PART OVERLAID WITH FILE OF BRITISH TROOPS SERVING WITH ISAF IN AFGHANISTAN, ATTENDING REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CEREMONIES TO HONOUR THE DEAD OF WORLD WAR I AND II - 8 NOVEMBER 2009, EXACT LOCATION UNKNOWN++ "But, we can be proud of the positive contribution that our servicemen and women are making, in conjunction with our allies. Well over 13,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom, and across the Commonwealth - Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore - are currently serving in Afghanistan." London - recent 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: ++PART OVERLAID WITH FILE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND PRINCE HARRY AT REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY COMMEMORATION AT THE CENOTAPH, LONDON - 8 NOVEMBER 2009++ "The debt of gratitude owed to these young men and women, and to their predecessors, is indeed profound." London - recent 7. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: "It is 60 years since the Commonwealth was created, and today, with more than a billion of its members under the age of 25, the organisation remains a strong and practical force for good. Recently, I attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, and heard how important the Commonwealth is to young people." Trinidad and Tobago, Date unknown 8. People on the beach having photo taken 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kamal Powell, from Jamaica, Vox pop: ++SOUNDBITE STARTS ON PREVIOUS SHOT++ "I think the Commonwealth means unity to us, in terms of the fact that we''re over fifty countries coming together with an amalgamation of different cultures." 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Serene Koh, from Singapore, Vox pop: "It''s a model of friendship that is very important in today''s world." 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dalbit Singh, from Malaysia, Vox pop: "It''s a group of countries that practise human rights and fairness and equality to all - that''s what attracts me to the Commonwealth." 12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gaby Havard, from South Africa, Vox pop: "Since this forum, my feeling of what the Commonwealth means is unity amongst the different countries and appreciating diversity, and really just creating a family feeling across the world." 13. Various of Environmental Study Group at Commonwealth Youth Forum London - recent 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: ++PART OVERLAID WITH FILE OF SCENES OF COMMONWEALTH YOUTH FORUM IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - EXACT DATES AND LOCATIONS UNKNOWN++ "New communication technologies allow them to reach out to the wider world and share their experiences and viewpoints. For many, the practical assistance and networks of the Commonwealth can give skills, lend advice and encourage enterprise. It is inspiring to learn of some of the work being done by these young people, who bring creativity and innovation to the challenges they face." Trinidad and Tobago, Date unknown 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Matthew Albert, from Australia, Vox pop: "We went and visited the coral reef and saw the bleaching of the reef, and we have other people whose island homes are disappearing. As you would know, there are many Commonwealth countries that are small island states, and the impact of that is very grave. We''ve been very concerned about that." London - recent 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: ++PART OVERLAID WITH FAMILY PHOTO OF COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AND QUEEN - 2009, EXACT DATE UNKNOWN++ "It is important to keep discussing issues that concern us all - there can be no more valuable role for our family of nations. I have been closely associated with the Commonwealth through most of its existence. The personal and living bond I have enjoyed with leaders, and with people the world over, has always been more important in promoting our unity than symbolism alone. The Commonwealth is not an organisation with a mission. It is rather an opportunity for its people to work together to achieve practical solutions to problems. In many aspects of our lives, whether in sport, the environment, business or culture, the Commonwealth connection remains vivid and enriching." London - recent 15. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: ++OVERLAID WITH FILE OF MUSIC AND DANCING - EXACT DATES AND LOCATIONS UNKNOWN++ "It is, in lots of ways, the face of the future. And with continuing support and dedication, I am confident that this diverse Commonwealth of nations can strengthen the common bond that transcends politics, religion, race and economic circumstances." London - recent 16. SOUNDBITE (English) Queen Elizabeth II: "We know that Christmas is a time for celebration and family reunions, but it is also a time to reflect on what confronts those less fortunate than ourselves, at home and throughout the world. Christians are taught to love their neighbours, having compassion and concern, and being ready to undertake charity and voluntary work to ease the burden of deprivation and disadvantage. We may ourselves be confronted by a bewildering array of difficulties and challenges, but we must never cease to work for a better future for ourselves and for others. I wish you all, wherever you may be, a very happy Christmas." Date and location unknown 17. Various of musicians performing British national anthem in Calypso style 18. Flag STORYLINE Britain''s Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the country''s troops fighting in Afghanistan in her annual Christmas speech broadcast on Friday, praising their work while expressing her sadness at the casualties. The queen''s message came at the end of a year that saw more than 100 British soldiers killed in the troubled Central Asian country. 2009 has been the bloodiest year for the British military since the war started nine years ago, and public support for the US-led campaign has waned as the death toll mounts in the fight against Taliban militants. "I am sure that we have all been affected by events in Afghanistan and saddened by the casualties suffered by our forces serving there," the queen said in an address pre-recorded in Buckingham Palace''s White Drawing Room. The 83-year-old monarch offered her sympathy to bereaved families and praised the effort of Commonwealth soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. Aside from Britain, Commonwealth members Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore also have troops serving there. "The debt of gratitude owed to these young men and women, and to their predecessors, is indeed profound," she said. "But, we can be proud of the positive contribution that our servicemen and women are making, in conjunction with our allies." More than 240 British soldiers have been killed since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has insisted that the war is crucial to Britain''s national security, and he has pledged to boost troop numbers to about 10,000. The annual broadcast is one of the only times the queen - Britain''s oldest reigning monarch - publicly voices her own opinion without government consultation. Her first televised broadcast was in 1957. A large part of her message was dedicated to highlighting the importance of the Commonwealth - an institution that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The queen said the family of nations "remains a strong and practical force for good," and is a forum where members cooperate to achieve practical solutions to problems. The monarch also touched on the effects of the recession, echoing the sombre focus on the economic crisis in her broadcast last year. "2009 was a difficult year for many, in particular those facing the continuing effects of the economic downturn," she said. On Friday, the Queen and other members of the royal family attended their traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene church on the Sandringham Estate near King''s Lynn, Norfolk. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry, as well as hundreds of onlookers hoping to see the royal family.
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