The Queen has delivered her annual Christmas message to the nation and Commonwealth, reflecting on the centenary of the First World War and praising the work of aid workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Speaking in a pre-recorded speech filmed in November, the Queen’s resounding message was one of reconciliation and hope. She used the image of a sculpture of a man and woman reaching out to embrace each other called “Reconciliation” to frame her speech.
The Queen said she was “deeply touched” by those who have travelled to war and disaster zones to help others, including aid workers dealing with the Ebola virus and men and women in the armed forces.
This year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Scottish referendum were also mentioned in her message. She also spoke about the ceramic poppies in London and the war-time Christmas Day truce.
The Queen briefly discussed her visit to Belfast over the summer and seeing the Game of Thrones set. While the visit garnered the most media attention, the Queen said that her trip to the Crumlin Road jail had a greater impact on her, “What was once a prison during The Troubles is now a place of hope and fresh purpose.”
The speech ended on a poignant note, “Even in the unlikeliest of places, hope can still be found”.
The Queen’s speech was met with positive reaction from people on Twitter, most notably for mentioning her visit to the Game of Thrones set in Belfast back in June.
Love that #GameOfThrones got a shout out in the Queen's speech!- Caroline Carpenter (@CarolineC1988) December 25, 2014
Did the Queen seriously just name drop Game of Thrones!? I thought she'd have been more of an Orange is the New Black fan. #QueensSpeech- Sophie Corfan (@sophcorfan) December 25, 2014
The Queen namedrops Games of Thrones - bet that was a dare by Prince Harry or something. #QueensSpeech- Ty (@TheDashingChap) December 25, 2014
A great speech from her majesty, still looking amazing at her age. Delighted so many were wrong, she's perfectly fit to continue.- Cobi Budge (@_cobibudge) December 25, 2014
Pretty sure this was the first Christmas message from Her Majesty to reference Game of Thrones- Seth Abramovitch (@SethAbramovitch) December 25, 2014
Could always tell Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was a big Game of Thrones fan #QueensSpeech- Dan Johnson ن (@danwjonson) December 25, 2014
Rocked it. #QueensSpeech- Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) December 25, 2014
One Twitter user called Sophie Corfan said, “Did the Queen seriously just name drop Game of Thrones!? I thought she'd have been more of an Orange is the New Black fan. #QueensSpeech”.
While a parody account called @Queen_UK jokingly tweeted "Rocked it. #QueensSpeech" following the broadcast.
Sky Atlantic, which broadcasts the HBO fantasy series in the UK, cheekily tweeted from their Thronecast account, “Thanks @BritishMonarchy for your shoutout to #GameOfThrones in the Queen's Speech!”.
Game of Thrones season 5 cast
Game of Thrones season 5 cast
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Oscar-nominated New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes will play the fiery Obara Sand, one of Prince Oberyn’s illegitimate daughters, who is seeking revenge for her father’s murder at the hands of the Mountain in season four
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Nymeria “Nym” Sand will be played by Jessica Henwick, her best known role to date is in television series Silk and Spirit Warriors
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Jonathan Pryce will star as the High Sparrow, a religious figure who could be making waves in King’s Landing
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Alexander Siddig, who will be playing Doran Martell, the stoic ruler of Dorne and the older brother of the gruesomely slain Oberyn
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Enzo Cilenti (left) will take on the part of the slave trader Yezzan
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London-born star DeObia Oparei will play Areo Hotah, the loyal protector of Doran Martell
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Rosabell Laurenti Sellers will play Tyene Sand, one of the illegitimate daughters of Oberyn Martell, the Prince of Dorne
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Myrcella Baratheon will be played by newcomer Nell Tiger Free
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Newcomer Toby Sebastian will take on the role of Trystane Martell, the youngest son of Doran
Even those who are opposed to the institution of the British monarchy praised the Queen. Anna Sue posted on Twitter, “Ideologically I must oppose monarchy... But Her Majesty is a great lady and an inspiring head of state #fb #TheQueen”.Reuse content