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08:36, December 26, 2008

British Queen voices concerns over people's insecurity in Christmas message

British Queen Elizabeth II voiced her concerns about the troubled economy and people's "insecurity" amid today's uncertain times in her Christmas message broadcast on Thursday afternoon.

In her annual Christmas message to the nation, recorded in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, the Queen said that "Christmas is a time for celebration, but this year it is more somber occasion for many."

The Queen said that "some of these things which have once taken for granted suddenly seems less certain and naturally give rise to feeling of insecurity," adding that "people are touched by events which have roots far across the world, whether it is global economy or violence in a distant land."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves Sandringham church following the annual Christmas Day church service at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, east England Dec. 25, 2008. British Queen Elizabeth II voiced her concerns about the troubled economy and people's "insecurity" amid today's uncertain times in her Christmas message broadcast on Thursday afternoon.

While the Queen recognized the festive period would be a "somber occasion" for many this year, she contrasted the despondency with a tribute to those who live "unselfish lives" to benefit others.

"When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat, instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a brighter future," the Queen said in the broadcast message.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth receives flowers from a young well-wisher as she leaves Sandringham church following the annual Christmas Day church service at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, east England Dec. 25, 2008.

The Royal family have gathered for their traditional Christmas at the royal estate at Sandringham in Norfolk. The royals arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church by car. Charles and Camilla were the first to arrive, followed by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York. Prince Harry turned up with his older brother, who is making the most of some time off from his military duties by growing a beard.

The Queen was greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who gather each year for one of the few occasions on which the family appear together.

While much of the focus of last year's Christmas message was on troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, this year the economic downturn and the effect on British families will focus strongly in the message.

The Queen has broadcast a Christmas message almost every year since the start of her reign in February 1952.

Source:Xinhua

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