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2009? Some years are best forgotten, says Queen in Christmas address
The Times ^ | 12/25/2009 | Tom Coghlan

Posted on 12/25/2009 12:36:17 PM PST by bruinbirdman

The Queen's Christmas Message was a sombre one today at the end of a year dominated by the war in Afghanistan and deep economic gloom.

"Each year that passes seems to have its own character," she said. "Some leave us with a feeling of satisfaction, others are best forgotten."

She described 2009 as "a difficult year for many, in particular those facing the continuing effects of the economic downturn."

The Queen, who is the titular head of the Armed Forces, expressed her sadness at the casualties suffered by British forces fighting in Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

"I am sure that we have all been affected by events in Afghanistan and saddened by the casualties suffered by our forces serving there," she said, over footage showing the repatriation of war dead through the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett.

"Our thoughts go out to their relations and friends who have shown immense dignity in the face of great personal loss."

The Queen is well placed to understand the strain felt by soldier's relatives. Her grandson Prince Harry saw combat in Helmand with the Household Cavalry in 2007.

He was at her side this morning as the Royal Family emerged from church following their traditional Christmas morning service on the snowbound Sandringham Estate.

"The debt of gratitude owed to these young men and women, and to their predecessors, is indeed profound," she added.

"We can be proud of the positive contribution that our servicemen and women are making, in conjunction with our allies."

The number of British soldiers killed in Helmand this year passed 100 in early December and stood at 106 on Christmas Day. It is the deadliest year for British forces since 1982 and the Falklands War. The overall number of troops killed in

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 2009review; queenelizabeth; royals

1 posted on 12/25/2009 12:36:17 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

Worst annus horribilis since Priness Diane died.


2 posted on 12/25/2009 12:46:56 PM PST by AU72
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To: bruinbirdman
G*d Save The Queen
3 posted on 12/25/2009 12:53:31 PM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: AU72

In part because Anus Horribilis is Resident in Chief..


4 posted on 12/25/2009 12:54:21 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Didn’t Obama give her an Ipod with “25 of his greatest speeches”?

Talk about ridiculous ego.

She just needs to listen to those for hope and change /sarc


5 posted on 12/25/2009 12:56:31 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: bruinbirdman
The Royal Family - Inbred genetic mutants or hereditary con-artists?
6 posted on 12/25/2009 1:07:30 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Get rid of the dirty moderates. Get rid of them,)
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To: bruinbirdman
Well, there is coming a "year" that many on this globe, right now, will wish they could forget. It hasn't happened yet, so they're not aware of it, but they soon will be. It's because the Messiah of Israel is coming "looking for bear" and some people are going to wish that was a year that they could forget... :-)

At Christmas -- a lot of people think about a cute little baby Jesus or a very nice man who said nice things to people, was uplifting, and healed a bunch of people...

What people really need to remember is that there's this "big bad Jewish fellow" out there, who's showing up soon, sorta unexpected, and he's "looking for bear" and is gonna open up "the biggest can of whoop-ass" you've ever seen in your life, on a bunch of people here on earth. LOL...

However, many fail to understand -- but they will "understand" when the Messiah of Israel returns to this earth, sets His feet on the soil of this globe, and sets up the ruling authority -- the one-world government -- that He puts into place over all nations, including the United States.

He's the Messiah of Israel, that He is coming back to earth, to set up a one-world government, with His headquarters in Jerusalem, ruling over all the nations of the world, including the United States and will rule over all who are still alive (from who are living right now today) -- and that He will definitely scrap the Constitution of the United States and make Himself the supreme ruler over all that we do.

The "day of reckoning" is coming for all of those who are trying to take over the world and put it totally under their control in an evil one-world empire. And they do admit that they want a one-world government -- their government, not God's...

When the Messiah of Israel comes back to this earth to set up His one-world government and subject all the nations of the world to His authority and rule -- He'll be making real short work of any of those yahoos...

And you can be sure that He will be utterly destroying anything to do with any of these yahoos, since whatever they say and do is a total perversion of anything to do with the Messiah of Israel.

And for sure -- we all, in this world, need the Messiah of Israel back, here on earth -- to destroy this coming one-world government and to install His own one-world government in its place.

I'm looking forward to the coming Kingdom on earth and the one-world government that the Messiah of Israel will be setting up, after He destroys, by His own hand, the present and evil one-world government that we see forming right now.

    Isaiah 9:6-7

    For unto us a Child is born.
    Unto us a Son is given;
    And the government will be upon His shoulder.
    And His name will be called
    Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    Of the increase of His government and peace
    There will be no end,
    Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
    To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
    From that time forward, even forever.
    The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

7 posted on 12/25/2009 1:13:09 PM PST by Star Traveler (At Christmas - remember to keep "Christ" in the One-World Government that we look forward to)
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To: bruinbirdman
Guess she really did not care for her iPod.
8 posted on 12/25/2009 1:19:43 PM PST by dersepp (I am an Angry, Brooks Bros. Mob of One)
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To: AU72

my exact thought, also

God Save the Queen


9 posted on 12/25/2009 7:02:51 PM PST by blueplum
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To: AU72


Worst annus horribilis since Priness Diane died.

That was in the one end-of-year address by QEII that I’ve seen/heard.

One time having two years of Latin finally paid off.


10 posted on 12/25/2009 7:51:16 PM PST by VOA
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To: VOA
Worst annus horribilis since Priness Diane died.

Hey, I thought Obama was the worst anus horribilis since Princess Diana died.
11 posted on 12/25/2009 8:02:28 PM PST by aruanan
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To: sheik yerbouty

Crap, you beat me to it!


12 posted on 12/25/2009 8:03:54 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Star Traveler

What people really need to remember is that there’s this “big bad Jewish fellow” out there, who’s showing up soon, sorta unexpected, and he’s “looking for bear” and is gonna open up “the biggest can of whoop-ass” you’ve ever seen in your life, on a bunch of people here on earth. LOL...

Thought you were talking about George Soros.


13 posted on 12/25/2009 8:06:31 PM PST by Chickensoup (We have the government we deserve.)
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To: blueplum

Elizabeth II as well as Sir Elton!(Jeremy Clarkson once pronounced Elton John “The Queen of England”)


14 posted on 12/26/2009 12:35:40 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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