Queen speaks to children at 1989 Christmas Broadcast
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Her Majesty yesterday sent a pre-recorded address to the COP26 climate summit, where she called on world leaders to “achieve true statesmanship” and create a “safer, stabler future” for the planet. She added that the “time for words has now moved to the time for action” and urged the delegates to “rise above” politics and act “for our children and our children’s children.” The Queen pulled out from attending the event after she was admitted to hospital for a night for “preliminary investigations” last Wednesday.
However, yesterday Her Majesty was seen driving around her Windsor estate, despite being advised by doctors to rest for at least a fortnight.
On Friday, Buckingham Palace said that the Queen had accepted their recommendation that she only take on “light, desk-based duties”.
As the Queen recovers from her recent bout of poor health, royal supporters delighted in an unearthed video of the monarch that had resurfaced on Twitter.
The old video shows a sprightly Queen in 1989 telling a little boy that she “likes to believe in Father Christmas”.
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The monarch had been speaking to a group of children at the Royal Albert Hall during the Christmas period to raise funds for charity, Save the Children.
After Her Majesty’s address, she took time to speak to the star-struck children.
The Queen asked one confident boy where he was from, to which he replied: “I’m from Malaysia.”
She then said: “Well I’ve just been. I’ve been staying in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.”
The boy, who looks no older than ten, then politely asked if the monarch liked Malaysia, and she replied: “Oh yes, very much so.
“I hadn’t been there for 17 years so there were a lot of changes.”
Eager to ask a far more pressing question, the child then says: “Do you believe in Father Christmas?”
The Queen said: “I like to believe in Father Christmas, yes.”
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Royal supporters were touched by the adorable 30 second clip.
In particular they were enamoured by the child’s look of joy when he found out the monarch believed in Santa.
Welsh Comedian Abi Roberts tweeted: “His bright little face.
“He’s so thrilled to be talking to Her Majesty. She’s wonderful.”
Twitter user Xina802 also said: “What a lovely confident little kid talking to our wonderful Queen. I love that she doesn’t treat children like babies.”
Another Twitter user, Judie1963, commented below the video: “I wonder what that man is doing these days… no fear or nerves when addressing the Queen.”
Deborah Wilde responded to Judie1963 saying: “I think the Queen can take partial credit for the charming young man not showing any fear or nerves.
“She clearly made him feel at ease.”
That year, the Queen’s Christmas broadcast included film from the Save the Children fund concert.
Notably, as damage to the environment began to cause global concern, the Queen used her message to urge children to respect the planet.
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