Video: The queen’s Christmas message, 1957

posted at 6:00 pm on December 24, 2007 by Allahpundit

Don’t laugh. You’ll find parts of it surprisingly resonant. Click the image to watch.

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Don’t laugh? Aristocracy aside, the generations of refinement are quite evident.
Compare the Queen Mother to some of the women in leadership roles today and you might cry. Ello luv !

sonnyspats1 on December 24, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Wow.

If only one of our leaders today would speak as passionately about honor, morals, public duty and serving because it is right rather than advancing an agenda.

A person like that would stir our passion too.

BacaDog on December 24, 2007 at 6:15 PM

You’ll find parts of it surprisingly resonant.

Wow, so England had a moonbat infestation 50 years ago?

RedWinged Blackbird on December 24, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Ah yes, back in the days of propriety. Days gone forever, unfortunately.

Patrick S on December 24, 2007 at 6:42 PM

“Wow, so England had a moonbat infestation 50 years ago?”

They certainly had their share of them 70 years ago.

Ed Driscoll on December 24, 2007 at 6:42 PM

Great Britain does not deserve such a fine and wonderful woman. Those pictures of Charles as a boy on her desk are fascinating.

God Save the Queen, and MERRY CHRISTMAS, your Highness.

ThackerAgency on December 24, 2007 at 6:56 PM

Laughter was the last thing on my mind after seeing that. It was…majestic.

God Save the Queen, and MERRY CHRISTMAS

Exactly. :curtsy:

baldilocks on December 24, 2007 at 6:58 PM

I think the only technological device the Queen was more thrilled than the TV as the years went by was the teleprompter…

Seixon on December 24, 2007 at 7:05 PM

We are not amused!

Kini on December 24, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Teh awesome. Tears. To think someone would wish God’s blessings on you- IN BRITAIN!!! IN PUBLIC!!!

How far the mighty have fallen. God save the Queen, and God save Britain. I really mean that.

wccawa on December 24, 2007 at 7:38 PM

That was the day when being a lady meant something (actually, it still does, but only 7 women know it).

Seriously though, it is always refreshing to see how the mighty presented themselves to the common people long ago.

Today they just browbeat us and then retire to the drawing room for a whisky to wash the taste out of their mouthes.

thejackal on December 24, 2007 at 8:08 PM

God bless her.

Contrast: the British media’s Christmas message for 2007.

Well-Armed Lamb on December 24, 2007 at 8:17 PM

Er, sorry, meant to link this.

Well-Armed Lamb on December 24, 2007 at 8:18 PM

Er. Third time’s the charm.

Well-Armed Lamb on December 24, 2007 at 8:19 PM

That was quite nice. It was on the telly the other day but I missed it. Nice smile at the end. The bit about retaining honesty reminded me of a passage from Macbeth:

Son: And must they all be hanged that swear and lie?
Lady Macduff: Every one.
Son: Who must hang them?
Lady Macduff: Why, the honest men.
Son: Then the liars and swearers are fools, for there are liars and swearers enow to beat the honest men, and hang up them.
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 4.2

Thus is it ever so.

aengus on December 24, 2007 at 8:23 PM

Wonderful. The palpable sense of a shared “something to live up to” tugged a sense of nostalgia for what once was, even though I wasn’t there to see it, even though those times, too, had their flaws and foolishnesses. There’s something, well, majestic, and grand, on display in this video that just isn’t around much these days. Certainly not in the Prince of Wales’ public utterances that I’ve seen.

Splunge on December 24, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Splunge on December 24, 2007 at 8:26 PM

“You have preserved in your own lifetime sir, a way of life that was dead before you were born.”

- A New Leaf

aengus on December 24, 2007 at 8:32 PM

It doesn’t seem so long ago,but those were the days of
respect for your country,your parents and especially your
grandparents. I might be wrong,but I don’t think the
media was bashing it’s leaders and country as bad as they
do now.It also seems that leaders then had class,not like
the sound bite era we live in now,where leaders say outrageous statements and get away with it.

canopfor on December 24, 2007 at 8:44 PM

It also seems that leaders then had class,not like
the sound bite era we live in now,where leaders say outrageous statements and get away with it.

Lloyd George had class to spare but he was in his own way at least as mendacious as Chirac or Blair. Presentation is not everything.

aengus on December 24, 2007 at 9:05 PM

In some ways the idea of a monarchy, even as a figure head, seems so silly but the continuity and values she represents are amazing.

To think her first PM was Winston Churchill!

Alas, her idiot son is of a different sort and so is the country he will inherit…All good things must come to an end.

Drew on December 24, 2007 at 9:16 PM

That is beautiful.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

(I named my firstborn Elizabeth)

Bob's Kid on December 24, 2007 at 10:18 PM

SECOND LOOK AT THE QUEEN!

broker1 on December 24, 2007 at 10:21 PM

“who carelessly throw away ageless ideals, they would have religion thrown aside, morality in personal and public life made meaningless. Honesty counted as foolishness and self interest set up in place of self restraint. At this critical moment in our history we will certainly lose the trust and respect of the world if we just abandon those fundamental principles which guided the men and women who built the greatness of this country and commonwealth.”

If any current presidential candidate would begin a speech like that. They would win the election, if not, at least my vote.

broker1 on December 24, 2007 at 10:30 PM

This year she is in a burka…

BL@KBIRD on December 24, 2007 at 10:32 PM

That was a wonderful speech, never seen her in that youth, growing up, always seen an older woman, waving, but to see her making that speech on tv, adds another dimension to this woman. She wasn’t bad looking either.

Drudge had that article about Shirley Bassy sp? stating no one in her country speaks English anymore. The women who ran Great Britain, the Queen, Queen Mother, Margaret Thatcher during hte 20th Century. vs some women who think the run the USA (won’t mention don’t want to make people ill).

StuLongIsland on December 24, 2007 at 11:06 PM

Started out strong, then went downhill like a rocket.

Looks like (what was) the beginning of the end to me.

thareb on December 24, 2007 at 11:38 PM

It would’ve been nicer if it had been filmed from inside a blimp.

Just sayin’

Vinnie on December 25, 2007 at 12:05 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

ALSO>>>

Go outside right now and west of the full moon. You can see Mars. It’s the brightest it will be for 16 years. It’s the bright red dot about 10 moonlengths west.

Hurry up!

Vincenzo on December 25, 2007 at 12:21 AM

err, i meant to type “look west of the moon”

Vincenzo on December 25, 2007 at 12:21 AM

Happy Christmas!

Mojave Mark on December 25, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Vincenzo, thanks! We could see it pretty well here outside Dallas.
Merry Christmas to everyone!

PattyAnn on December 25, 2007 at 1:26 AM

“The subtle corruption of the cynics”?

Allah!

Ali-Bubba on December 25, 2007 at 2:46 AM

Er. Third time’s the charm.

Well-Armed Lamb on December 24, 2007 at 8:19 PM

Fairytale of New York

And a great live version (with fake snow!).

*minor language warning*

Big S on December 25, 2007 at 5:02 AM

Q-Tube.

Shy Guy on December 25, 2007 at 7:20 AM

That’s my Commander in Chief!

Long may you reign Your Majesty

Jim708 on December 25, 2007 at 7:52 AM

Wow, thanks Allah,

Classy Dame, still is too in spite of the beating the media gives her.

Uh, her son, not so much. His son? perhaps…..

Long Live the Queen!

conservnut on December 25, 2007 at 8:00 AM

A great lady. As a youth she risked her life to be with and serve her people during the blitz of London. One can only wonder what neutral country Billy Bob and Hillary would slithered off to.

rplat on December 25, 2007 at 8:24 AM

“Wow, so England had a moonbat infestation 50 years ago?” – there was Bertrand Russell, although he was a quaint old chap. Fifty years ago we had actual Soviet spies in the government, although they weren’t really moonbats.

Apeking on December 25, 2007 at 10:25 AM

I am still sometimes struck at how old the Culture Wars, “Modernism” and “Post-Modernism” really are.
C.S. Lewis spoke and wrote about the push to discard morality and Biblical Christianity in our society over a decade earlier than this, and it is clear from his writings that it was no very recent trend even then.
Now, it is Islam that is reaping what the West has been sowing all these decades. “Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.”
Her Majesty is a living rebuke to all those of us who would rather live on our knees than fight and die on our feet.
God Save the Queen.
God Save the United Kingdom.
God Save the United States.

Lancer on December 25, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Prince Charles is on YouTube, too!

Shy Guy on December 25, 2007 at 11:47 AM

A class act, all the way! Merry Christmas, Your Majesty! And Merry Christmas, Hot Airheads!

Frozen Tex on December 25, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Sadly, the end of of what was a class act in the British monarchy.

Radical post modernism marches on.

Hening on December 26, 2007 at 9:26 AM

Queen Elizabeth ’08!

A wonderful stand against the nihilism of so-called “progressives.” More, please!

Insomniac on December 26, 2007 at 9:56 AM

Even if she wasn’t in the full possession of a monarch’s power, as the line had been years before, she was completely possessed of exactly what anyone bearing such a responsibility should have…And anyone in the clown college we call a primary system should be taking notes. (Meaning what you say would be a good start) There’s a level of class there that hasn’t been seen around here, except in fits, starts and small glimpses, for a very long time. May she live long enough to pass her crown, and teach the protocols, to someone worth working the throne room.

52Ranger on December 26, 2007 at 3:39 PM

u kno she was kinda cute back then

ernesto on December 26, 2007 at 4:12 PM