[the British National Anthem: God Save the Queen]
#God save our gracious Queen#
#Long live our noble Queen#
#God save the Queen#
#Send her victorious#
#Happy and glorious#
#Long to reign over us#
#God save the Queen#
Sixty years ago today,
a young woman spoke about the speed of technological change
as she presented the first television broadcast of its kind.
She described the moment as a landmark.
Television has made it possible for many of you to see me in your homes on Christmas Day.
My own family often gather round to watch television
as they are at this moment
and that is how I imagine you now.
Six decades on, the presenter has evolved somewhat
as has the technology she described.
Back then who could have imagined
that people would one day be watching this on laptops and mobile phones
as some of you are today.
But I’m also struck by something that hasn’t changed
that whatever the technology, many of you will be watching this at home.
我们将家视为温暖的 亲密的 充满爱的地方 同时也是分享故事和回忆的港湾
We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love of shared stories and memories,
which is perhaps why this time of year,so many return to where they grew up.
There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home
对于很多人来说 家的意义已经超越了一栋建筑 扩大到家乡或一座城市
for many the idea of home reaches beyond a physical building to home town or city.
This Christmas I think of London and Manchester
在过去一年里 面对可怕的恐怖袭击 那种身份归属感熠熠生辉
whose powerful identities shone through over the past twelve months in the face of appalling attacks.
In Manchester, those targeted included children
who had gone to see their favorite singer.
A few days after the bombing,
I had the privilege of meeting some of the young survivors and their parents.
– 你是特意去看音乐会的吗？- 是
– So you come specially for the concert, don’t you?- Yeah.
– 嗯- 作为我的生日礼物
– Um-hum- The birthday present.
– 噢 真的？- 很好
– Oh, was it?- All right.
– 很歹毒- 嗯
– Very wicked.- Um.
– 太气人了 把目标…… 你知道的- 对 对 太糟糕了 但我们相信会痊愈的
– The target, that’s all the resentment… you know…- Yeah, yeah, it’s…awful, but…hopefully we’ll mend.
We’ll get better.
It’s… very interesting how everybody has united, haven’t they, yeah?
对 太不可思议了 真的
Right, it’s been amazing, really.
I described that hospital visit as a privilege
because the patients I met were an example to us all
showing extraordinary bravery and resilience.
Indeed many of those who survived the attack
came together just days later for a benefit concert.
It was a powerful reclaiming of the ground
and of the city those young people call “home”.
We expect our homes to be a place of safety,
which makes it all the more shocking when the comfort they provide is shattered.
A few weeks ago, the Prince of Wales visited the Caribbean
in the aftermath of hurricanes
that destroyed entire communities.
And here in London who can forget the sheer awfulness of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who died
and those who lost so much,
and we are indebted to members of the emergency services
who risk their own lives this past yearsaving others.
Many of them of course, will not be at home today
because they are working to protect us.
Reflecting on these events makes me grateful for the blessings of home and family,
and in particular for 70 years of marriage.
I didn’t know that anyone had invented the term “platinum”
for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born.
You weren’t expect it to be around that long.
Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a little,
having as he economically put it “done his bit”.
But I know his support and unique sense of humor will remain as strong as ever
as we enjoy spending time this Christmas with our family
and look forward to welcoming new members into it next year.
In 2018 I will open my home to a different type of family — the leaders of the 52 nations of the Commonwealth
as they gather in the UK for a summit.
The Commonwealth has an inspiring way of bringing people together,
be it through the Commonwealth Games
which begin in a few months time on Australia’s Gold Coast,
or through bodies like the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and choir
— a reminder of how truly vibrant this international family is.
Today we celebrate Christmas,
which itself is sometimes described as a festival of the home.
Families travel long distances to be together.
志愿者们 慈善机构 还有许多教会为无家可归的流浪者
Volunteers and charities as well as many churchesarranged meals for the homeless
and those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.
We remember the birth of Jesus Christ
whose only century was a stable in Bethlehem.
He knew rejection, hardship and persecution,
and yet it is Jesus Christ’s generous love an example
which has inspired me through good times and bad.
无论今年你经历了什么 无论你身处何地 以何种方式观看这场致辞
Whatever your own experiences this year,wherever and however you are watching,
I wish you a peaceful and very happy Christmas.
[It Came Upon the Midnight Clear]
#It came upon the midnight clear#
#That glorious song of old#
#From angels bending near the earth#
#To touch their harps of gold#
#”Peace on the earth, goodwill to men#
#From heavens all gracious King!”#
#The world in solemn stillness lay#
#To hear the angels sing#
#For lo! the days are hastening on#
#By prophet bards foretold#
#When with the ever-circling years#
#Comes around the age of gold#
#When peace shine over all the earth#
#Its ancient splendoursfling#
#And the whole world gives back the song#
#Which now the angels sing#