Queen’s Christmas Speech 2019

Queen’s Christmas Speech 2019

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II. Erzsébet karácsonykor hagyományosan elmondott beszédét hallgathatod és nézheted meg a leckében.

As a child, I never imagined that one day a man would walk on the moon.  Yet this year we marked the fiftieth anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 mission. As those historic pictures were beamed backed to Earth, millions of us sat transfixed to our television screens, as we watched Neil Armstrong taking a small step for man and a giant leap for mankind and, indeed, for womankind. It’s a reminder for us all that giant leaps often start with small steps.

This year we marked another important anniversary: D-Day. On 6th June 1944, some one hundred and fifty-six thousand British, Canadian and American forces landed in Northern France. It was the largest ever seaborne invasion and was delayed due to bad weather.  I well remember the look of concern on my father’s face. He knew the secret D-Day plans but could of course share that burden with no-one.

For the seventy-fifth anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formerly been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them.

Such reconciliation seldom happens overnight. It takes patience and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes through small steps. Since the end of the Second World War, many charities, groups and organisations have worked to promote peace and unity around the world, bringing together those who have been on opposing sides. By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.

The challenges many people face today may be different to those once faced by my generation, but I have been struck by how new generations have brought a similar sense of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment and our climate.

My family and I are also inspired by the men and women of our emergency services and armed forces; and at Christmas we remember all those on duty at home and abroad, who are helping those in need and keeping us and our families safe and secure.

Two hundred years on from the birth of my great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great grandchild into our family.  Of course, at the heart of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child: a seemingly small and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem.  But in time, through his teaching and by his example, Jesus Christ would show the world how small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding.  Many of us already try to follow in his footsteps. The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.

As Christmas dawned, church congregations around the world joined in singing It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.  Like many timeless carols, it speaks not just of the coming of Jesus Christ into a divided world, many years ago, but also of the relevance, even today, of the angels’ message of peace and goodwill.

It’s a timely reminder of what positive things can be achieved when people set aside past differences and come together in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation. And, as we all look forward to the start of a new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.

And so, I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

The lyrics of the carol mentioned by the Queen:

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear

That glorious song of old

From angels playing near the Earth

To touch their harps of gold

Peace on the earth could will two men

From Heaven's all-gracious King

The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing

And I hear them singing

Sing, I do hear them singing

The first Noel the angel did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay

In fields where they lay, they keeping their sheep

On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

 

Still through the cloven skies they come

With peaceful wings unfurled

And still their heavenly music floats

Over all the weary world

Above its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hovering wind

And ever over its Babel sounds

The blessed angels sing

Vocabulary

to beam back

visszasugározni

sat transfixed to our television screens

a tévé képernyője elé szegezve ültünk

giant

hatalmas

leap

ugrás

mankind

emberiség

reminder

emlékeztető

seaborne

tengeri, tengerről indított

invasion

támadás

to be delayed

késleltetve van

due to sg

valami miatt

concern

aggódás

to share

megosztani

burden

teher

anniversary

évforduló

decisive

döntő

battle

csata

reconciliation

megbékélés

sworn enemy

esküdt ellenség

commemoration

megbékélés

putting past differences behind them

félretenni a múltbéli véleménykülönbségeket

seldom

ritkán

overnight

egyik napról a másikra

trust

bizalom

progress

haladás, fejlődés

to promote

elősegíteni, előmozdítani

peace

béke

unity

egység

on opposing sites

ellentétes oldalon

to honour

tiszteletet adni

at so great a cost

olyan nagy áron

challenge

kihívás

to face sg

szembenézni valamivel

to protect

védeni, óvni

environment

környezet

emergency services

katasztrófavédelem (rendőrség, mentők, tűzoltóság)

armed forces

fegyveres erők, katonaság

on duty

szolgálatban

in need

szükségben

great-great grandmother

üknagymama

seemingly

látszólag

insignificant

jelentéktelen

to overlook

nem venni tudomást valamiről

in faith

hitben

hope

remény

to overcome

legyőzni

long-held

régóta meglévő

division

megosztás, széthúzás

harmony

harmónia, összhang

follow in his footsteps

a nyomdokaiban járni

path

ösvény, út

smooth

sima

bumpy

göröngyös

to dawn

felvirradni

congregation

gyülekezet

timeless

örök, időtálló

carol

karácsonyi dal

divided

megosztott

relevance

érvényesség

goodwill

jóakarat

to achieve

elérni

to set aside

félretenni

decade

évtized

lasting

tartós

midnight

éjfél

glorious

dicsőséges

angel

angyal

harp

hárfa

all-gracious

mindenkor kegyelmes

solemn

ünnepélyes

Noel

karácsony

shepherd

pásztor

field

mező

cloven

meghasadt

unfurled

kibontva

heavenly

mennyei

to float

lebegni

weary

megviselt, fáradt, kimerült

lowly

mélyen fekvő

hovering

lengedező

blessed

áldott

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