Queen Elizabeth II took to the airways to deliver her annual Christmas message to the people of Great Britain.
It is something she has been doing since 1957.
This year she focused her message on respect and kindness, saying in part:
"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."
"Even the power of faith which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice can fall victim to tribalism. But through the many changes I have seen over the years: faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me, but a source of personal comfort and reassurance."
Watch her speech here.
The Queen's speech 2018 www.youtube.com
However some folks on Twitter had a hard time pulling their focus off the gold piano in the corner to hear what the Queen was saying.
Privileged wealthy hereditary monarch bunged £76m a year, sitting in front of a golden piano in the palace she's bi… https://t.co/W0bBmI10Fm— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin Maguire)1545813901.0
@Kevin_Maguire Is it just me, or does anyone else think owning a gold piano is just about as tasteless & vulgar as one can get?— Roderic Gray #FBPE (@Roderic Gray #FBPE)1545814990.0
@Kevin_Maguire The whole silly charade of the "monarchy" needs to be brought to an end. It is time we got rid of it… https://t.co/xXEHhWzFcd— MPMHORN (@MPMHORN)1545814764.0
But it seems far more commoners like their Queen just as she is.
@DailyMirror Not trying to be naive here but surely the point isn’t for her to be “one of us”. She’s the queen?— Anaïs Gallagher? (@Anaïs Gallagher?)1545822114.0
@DailyMirror She’s the Queen. She’s siting in a bloody palace. Did you expect an Ikea bookcase?— Carl Chambers (@Carl Chambers)1545814501.0
@DailyMirror Who does she think she is ... the Queen of England?— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇)1545814175.0
@DailyMirror And there was me thinking she would do the speech in a run down hall at the local community centre...— Jamie Ward (@Jamie Ward)1545825649.0
@DailyMirror Oh for heaven's sake, what were you expecting, an Amazon Echo Dot on the table and a signed Beyonce vinyl on the wall?— Eran Edry (@Eran Edry)1545819082.0
She's the Queen. You want her in Santa pajamas, drinking cocoa? https://t.co/qPzgTRxZMa— Stephen Robinson (@Stephen Robinson)1545783251.0
Also, she should have worn a tracksuit I guess https://t.co/04YoYPQCeN— Colby Cosh (@Colby Cosh)1545806365.0
Some folks felt the Royal Family bring in more than they take.
@Kevin_Maguire She brings revenues to our country many many times more than the figures you quote— Andrew Barr-Sim (@Andrew Barr-Sim)1545814955.0
@Kevin_Maguire @Peter_Kirkham Much rather Royalty as our boss than a President Long live the Queen .... Who genera… https://t.co/IsVOct1Os2— Protect Our Police (@Protect Our Police)1545835890.0
@Kevin_Maguire To be fair Kevin even if she sat in a chair all day doing nothing except eating cheese and crackers… https://t.co/RJqmtVNxR6— liam browning (@liam browning)1545819682.0
And then someone took the time to look up the history of the piano and gave us this:
@Kevin_Maguire Ignorant whiny editor ironically doesn’t bother to look up any context of said piano AT ALL despite… https://t.co/atWw4hi9WZ— Shannon Plante (@Shannon Plante)1545824619.0
Now back to that message of kindness and respect.