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The Christmas message to each of us is indivisible; there can be no ‘Peace on earth’ without ‘Goodwill toward men’. Scientists talk of ‘chain reaction’ – of power releasing yet more power. This principle must be most true when it is applied to the greatest power of all: the power of love … As this Christmas passes by, and time resumes its march, let us resolve that the spirit of Christmas shall stay with us as we journey into the unknown year that lies ahead.

from The Queen’s Christmas Message, 1955.

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