Queen says birth renews hope for future

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The Queen has spoken about her great-grandson Prince George in her Christmas broadcast, and said the birth of a baby allows people to think about the future with renewed “happiness and hope”.

In her traditional message, the Queen also made an observation about the future for new parents – “life will never be quite the same again”.

The Queen’s annual broadcast also featured behind-the-scenes footage taken at Clarence House as the royals posed for the christening pictures.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son George was born on July 22 at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital in central London.

Delivering her message, which was recorded earlier this month at Buckingham Palace, the Queen said: “Here at home my own family is a little larger this Christmas. As so many of you will know, the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope.

“For the new parents, life will never be quite the same again.”

Later that day a historic picture of four generations of the Royal Family – the Queen, Prince of Wales, William and George – was taken to mark the baby’s christening.

The Queen said in her broadcast: “It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations.”

The main theme of the Queen’s seasonal message to the nation was reflection and she looked back over the past 12 months to the 60th anniversary of her coronation, celebrated with a national service in June.

She also looked forward to the Commonwealth Games being staged in Glasgow next year.

Her broadcast began with the Queen telling her audience how a man she once knew gained a clearer insight into the world after spending a year in a plaster cast recovering from a back operation.

She said: “We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.”

The Queen’s traditional message was produced this year by the BBC and recorded in Buckingham Palace’s blue drawing room.

Speaking about members of the armed forces serving overseas, the Queen said: “We are forever grateful to all those who put themselves at risk to keep us safe.”

The broadcast ended with a military band playing the carol The First Noel in Buckingham Palace’s quadrangle.

Featured were members of the Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards.