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Queen's broadcast features Hindu temple

Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas broadcast features Europe's largest Hindu Temple and Muslims praying in a mosque.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 10:59 IST

In a break with tradition, Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas broadcast has featured footage of Europe's largest Hindu temple and Muslims praying in a mosque.

In a broadcast that reflected the changing face of modern Britain, there were scenes of the opening of the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tividale in the West Midlands and also from a St James' Palace reception where the Queen met leaders of the country's Jewish community.

In the message, the Queen stressed it was easy to focus on the differences between religions rather than what they had in common.

But, people of different faiths were bound together by the need to help the young become considerate citizens and all religious communities encouraged the bridging of the generation gap, she said.

"The pressures of modern life sometimes seem to be weakening the links which have traditionally kept us together as families and communities."

At the end of a year of turmoil in which community relations in Britain have been strained by security fears and rows over women using the veil, the monarch issued a plea for multi-faith tolerance.

It was the first time in history that the seasonal message had featured film of prayers inside a mosque.

In the message broadcast to one billion people in Britain and the Commonwealth, she urged people to bridge the generation gap between the young and old.

First Published: Dec 26, 2006 10:59 IST