Queen offers words of hope

Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas message Friday to proclaim that light can triumph over darkness in these perilous times.

Elizabeth, who this year became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, acknowledged the difficult times the world faces but said there is no cause for despair, no reason to give up hope. The queen’s speech has been a tradition in Britain since Elizabeth first delivered a Christmas message live on radio in 1952.

“The world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ ”

On a lighter note, she remarked on the birth of Princess Charlotte to Prince William and his wife, Kate, in May.

“One of the joys of living a long life is watching one’s children, then grandchildren, then great-grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree. And this year my family has a new member to join in the fun,” she said.

Associated Press