Queen Elizabeth calls for ‘quiet reflection’ in 2014

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LONDON (AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II urged people to take the time for quiet reflection in 2014, in her annual Christmas Day message to the Commonwealth.

The head of the 53-country organisation looked back on her own six decades as monarch, in a personal broadcast on Wednesday.

And the 87-year-old also looked forward to the future, saying her baby great-grandson Prince George — third in line to inherit the thrones of 16 Commonwealth realms — was likewise set for a lifetime of service and duty.

She also tried to soothe tensions evident at last month’s Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka, which was dominated by allegations of war crimes against the hosts.

“We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection,” she said, in a message recorded at Buckingham Palace in London.

“With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.

“Be it through contemplation, prayer, or even keeping a diary, many have found the practice of quiet personal reflection surprisingly rewarding.”

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