Queen Elizabeth II called for r-e-s-p-e-c-t in her annual Christmas address.
“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 towards greater understanding,” she said.
In a preview of her speech reported Monday by Sky News, which produces the telecast, and posted by royal twitter accounts, the 92-year-old monarch added that the Christmas “message of peace on Earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever.”
The queen’s emphasis on unity has been viewed by many as a “veiled nod” to the divisiveness over Brexit, according to HuffPost UK. But on this side of the pond, her message could just as easily apply.
The queen recorded the message on Dec. 12 at Buckingham Palace, Sky News noted. She has since left London for her annual Christmas stay at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, People reported.