The Gold Coast has received a special mention in the Queen’s 2018 Christmas message.
The 92-year-old monarch urged people to heed the festive message of peace and goodwill and called on people to respect each other, no matter what differences they have.
Her Majesty highlighted the successful Commonwealth Games in April as a prime example.
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“Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step to great understanding,”
“Indeed the Commonwealth Games held this year on Australia’s Gold Coast are known universally as the friendly games because of that emphasis on good will and mutual respect.”
The Queen also pointed to some of the highlights for the Royal Family including the marriages of Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie.
“It has been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies and another child expected soon.”
“It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied,” Her Majesty quipped.
“We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales.”
“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so,” the 92-year-old monarch said.
Watch the Queen’s full Christmas message: