1.3 million watch Queen's Christmas message
Queen Beatrix's annual Christmas message has been watched by more than 1.3 million people.
The monarch's message was broadcast live on Christmas Day at 13:00 on television as well as radio and was repeated a number of times. The Government Information Service announced the main theme of this year's message on Friday evening in a bid to boost viewer numbers. Every year, the Queen's Christmas message is viewed by over one million people.
This year, Queen Beatrix dedicated her message to courage and encouragement. It is important, she said, to see what unites us and encourage one another. There is a danger, she added, that the things we have in common are denied and differences magnified. This causes, she concluded, walls of alleged contrasts to emerge and opinions to harden.
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