Elizabeth I Queen of England
Each day of Christmas week we celebrate feasts of martyrs beginning with Saint Stephen and then Saint John the Evangelist, The Holy Innocents and Saint Thomas Becket. The last, Thomas Becket was killed not by order of King Henry II of England but as a result of his expressed wish, “Will no one rid me of this priest!,” and then there are all the Catholic Martyrs who died at the direct order of King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.
What a contrast between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth delivered her annual Christmas message to the British Commonwealth today and it is worth hearing and watching.
Elizabeth II and I share a life in common: I was born in the year 1923 and she was born in the year 1926. I have always felt a certain admiration for Elizabeth II because of her dignity and the way she conducted herself in the midst of all the scandals being perpetrated by the other members of her family.
Her Christmas message below is worth watching.