Queen Isabel II paid tribute in her Christmas speech to the commitment of the younger generations to the climate crisis, after a year of global mobilization around environmental issues.
"The challenges that many people today face may differ from those my generation has faced, but I was impressed by how new generations show a sense of duty on issues such as protecting our environment and climate," she said. 93 year old queen.
The monarch did not mention the name of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish teenager who was named personality of the year by US magazine "Time" and followed by young people around the world in demonstrations to urge world leaders to take radical measures to limit warming. of the planet.
In her traditional Christmas message, the queen also spoke of a year full of pitfalls in a country fractured by the Brexit debates, stressing that it is possible to "achieve positive things when people put aside their past differences and get together. in a spirit of friendship and reconciliation. "
The Queen of England recalled two major birthdays celebrated in 2019: the 50th anniversary of man's first step on the moon and the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landing.
The queen recalled the "worried" face of her father, George VI, who was aware of "D-Day" secret plans, but "could not share that weight with anyone."
"It's often small steps, not giant leaps, that bring the most lasting changes," said the queen.
Isabel II also mentioned how "thrilled" she and her husband, Prince Philip, were when their eighth great-grandson Archie, son of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, was born in May.