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this is bbc news — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. queen elizabeth speaks about her personal grief over the death of her husband, prince philip, in her christmas day message, saying there was "one familiar laugh missing", amid the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. that mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when i first set eyes on him. but life, of course, consists of final partings, as well as first meetings. a 19—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing windsor castle grounds, the official residence of queen elizabeth. members of the royal family have been informed. in his christmas message, pope francis highlighted the tragedies in yemen and syria, which he said are being passed over in silence. the archbishop of canterburyjustin welby has called for compassion towards refugees in
his christmas sermon. and lift—off! the world's most powerful telescope has blasted into space, soon to offer unprecedented images of the universe. christmas covid vaccines are being offered to thousands of people in england, as the british government expands its booster programme to offer all adults a jab before the new year. the former england and yorkshire captain ray illingworth has died at the age of 89. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the queen has spoken movingly, in her christmas day message, about her grief at the death
of her husband, prince philip, who died in april. the monarch poignantly reflected on a year of personal grief, saying there was "one familiar laugh missing" amid the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. windsor castle on christmas morning. the royal standard signifying that the queen was in residence. merry christmas. the prince of wales and duchess of cornwalljoined the congregation for morning service. the queen did not attend as a precaution against covid, according to officials. from the very first moments of the queen's broadcast, there was a keen sense of the loss she has felt over the death of prince philip last april, after their 73 years of marriage. although it is a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones.
this year especially i understand why. but for me in the months since the death of my beloved philip, i have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work from around the country, the commonwealth and around the world. his sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation were all irrepressible. that mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when i first set eyes on him. she spoke about the happiness she gained from seeing members of her family embracing the rules and values which meant so much to her, and she recalled how her members of her family embracing the roles and values which meant so much to her, and she recalled how her husband's work on the environment was being taken forward. i am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son charles, and his elder son william.
admirably supported by camilla and catherine. while covid again means we cannot celebrate quite as we may have wished. there was a passing reference to covid and of looking ahead to the platinum jubilee. but this above all was a broadcast from your wife mourning her husband. —— a wife morning her husband. there would still be joy at christmas, the queen said, even with one familiar laugh missing. a very personal message from the queen at the end of a sad and in some ways rather troubling year, with the death of her husband and difficulties within the royal family. the year has also ended with concerns about her own health, concerns which the palace does its best to downplay, preferring instead to look ahead to next year and the platinum jubilee. police say a 19—year—old man has been arrested after breaking into the grounds of windsor castle, where the queen is spending christmas. earlier i spoke to our
royal correspondent sarah campbell who gave me the details. thames valley police issued a statement later this afternoon, i will tell you what we know, not a lot, that at 8:30am this morning, according to thames valley police, a 19—year—old man from southampton was arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. they do say that it was a security breach, around 8:30, he wasn't in any buildings on the estate, and i quote that security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the ground, according to police. the man is now in custody. i9 19 years old, in possession of a offensive weapon. we don't know what the weapon was, whether they will release the details, but the concern here is of course that today we knew that the duke and duchess of cornwall, they were all at winter castle, if you look at the time line, they would have been there around after ten o'clock to go to st george's chapel and this
19—year—old was arrested at 8:30am, before that time. —— windsor castle. but clearly a concern when we are talking about windsor castle. for those who do not know the town, sometimes on the tv it can look like the castle is a fairy tale building that has been plonked in the middle of the town, but it is quite a big site. huge, lots of different entrances around, and this morning the entrance that we all know is the henry viii gate, which is at the top of the hill, the most notable, there would have been lots of press teams this morning in advance of the queen's speech and christmas morning. one would assume it was not at that entrance because it would have been really busy, but like you say, such a huge site that there are lots of different places, we haven't been given any more detail, buckingham palace issuing no further comment, saying this is a matterfor the police. pope francis has called for more dialogue and warned against a tendency to withdraw
during the coronavirus pandemic. here's the pope addressing a crowd at saint peter's sqaure during his christmas day speech. translation: sisters and brothers, what would our world be _ like without the patient dialogue of the many generous persons who keep families and communities together. in this time of pandemic, we have come to realise this even more. our capacity for social relationships is sorely tried. there is a growing tendency to withdraw, to do it all by ourselves, to stop making an effort to encounter others and do things together. on the international level too, there is the risk of avoiding dialogue, the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking short cuts, rather than setting out on the longer path of dialogue. yet only those paths can lead
to the resolution of conflicts and to lasting benefits for all. the archbishop of canterbury has used his christmas sermon to preach a message of support to volunteers helping refugees. the most revjustin welby was speaking at canterbury catherdral this morning. the christmas story shows us how we must treat those who are unlike us, who have far less than us, who have lived with the devastating limits of war and national tragedy. there have been the volunteers who have been on my mind, welcoming and caring for refugees arriving on the beaches so close to this cathedral, and they do one thing, save life at sea. it is not politics, it is simply humanity. a christmas service has been held
in a renovated church in indian—administered kashmir for the first time in 30 years. the mayor of the city of srinagar, and other officials, greeted those who visited st luke's church, one of the oldest in kashmir. the i25—year—old place of worship was shut down three decades ago when the separatist violence began in the muslim—majority region. security forces in the sudanese capital khartoum have fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the latest pro—democracy protests. the authorities restricted phone and internet services and blocked roads leading to the city. at least 48 protestors have been killed since a coup in october. general abdel fattah al—burhan, who led the coup, has warned that protests could impede a smooth democratic transition. the biggest space telescope ever constructed has been launched into orbit. the james webb telescope is on board a european ariane rocket which took off from french guiana.
it's the successor to the hubble telescope, and designed to beam back unprecedented images of the universe. it's the most powerful ever built and the developers hope it will reveal stars and galaxies from the birth of the universe, as well as distant planets which could provide evidence of life beyond earth. to discuss the launch, i'm joined now by paul byrne, associate professor of earth and planetary science at the washington university in st louis. thank you very much for being with us. i take it you were glued to your screen if you hours ago.— screen if you hours ago. yes, i was u . screen if you hours ago. yes, i was u- at screen if you hours ago. yes, i was up at five — screen if you hours ago. yes, i was up at five o'clock _ screen if you hours ago. yes, i was up at five o'clock in _ screen if you hours ago. yes, i was up at five o'clock in the _ screen if you hours ago. yes, i was up at five o'clock in the morning i up at five o'clock in the morning local time, the earliest i have been up local time, the earliest i have been up on christmas day for many years. a couple of tea to watch this thing, there was no way i was missing this, no matter the time. it there was no way i was missing this, no matter the time.— no matter the time. it all went, as far as we can _ no matter the time. it all went, as far as we can observe, _ no matter the time. it all went, as far as we can observe, pitifully - far as we can observe, pitifully smoothly, the difficult stuff comes in the coming two weeks. —— entirely
smoothly. in the coming two weeks. -- entirely smoothl . . , , ., , , in the coming two weeks. -- entirely smoothl . . , , , ., smoothly. the hardest phases of fliuht, smoothly. the hardest phases of flight. they _ smoothly. the hardest phases of flight, they take _ smoothly. the hardest phases of flight, they take off _ smoothly. the hardest phases of flight, they take off on _ smoothly. the hardest phases of flight, they take off on a - smoothly. the hardest phases of flight, they take off on a rocket, | flight, they take off on a rocket, or rockets are our sophisticated devices that explode in a controlled manner, that is what you need, the energy to lever orbit. for the lava, the launch represents ten or 15% of the launch represents ten or 15% of the total risk, this is one of the most complex machines we have ever built and devised in terms of the size but also because it is so big, it has to. enter the nose cone, and to do that it has to unfold itself when it gets into deep space. it is not over by any stretch of the imagination, the first hard part is done, but there are weeks of hard parts yet to come before we know that everything is working. ﬁx, lat parts yet to come before we know that everything is working. a lot of the work you _ that everything is working. a lot of the work you do — that everything is working. a lot of the work you do in _ that everything is working. a lot of the work you do in your _ that everything is working. a lot of the work you do in your particular. the work you do in your particular area involves comparative research, looking at the differences between planets and how those differences come about. is there anything lava
will provide in terms of that? it has to big focuses, one is the cosmological stuff, the early formation of galaxies, looking as far back as we can go, but the other thing it will do which we have not been able to do with other telescopes is that to really take a deep dive into what we call xo planets, worlds that orbit other stars. it will give us much better handle on notjust a number of worlds, but also information about their atmospheres —— exoplanets. that is important because one of the basic things we ask with no answer to is how unique is earth or how common is it? in one of the reasons we cannot answer this question is because we have a world they seem size of earth beside us which is anything but earthlike, yet they are about the same size. if you were looking to another star system and sought to large rocky worlds, you have no way of telling whether you have no way of telling whether you have to earth exoplanets venuss
james webb telescope will give us unprecedented information about these and we will have a much better understanding of the kinds of wells out there, including whether not we will find more earthlike worlds. you mentioned this, the message that the administrator for nasa used when he launched the telescope, described as a time machine that will capture the light from the very beginning of the creation. it sounds amazing but also slightly sci—fi, let's be honest, looking back at the birth of history, it sounds a bit like something out of doctor who. but this is science. it something out of doctor who. but this is science.— this is science. it turns out that we now know — this is science. it turns out that we now know the _ this is science. it turns out that we now know the uniforms, - this is science. it turns out that| we now know the uniforms, the observable universe that we know we are in, is about 13.8 billion years old. we have no idea how it came to be or if they were something before then, but we know we can pay back into the earliest stage using infrared, that is the principal kind
of measurement that james infrared, that is the principal kind of measurement thatjames webb telescope will take, if you are able to configure your telescope just so, you can see back to almost the very beginning of the universe, the very first stars that formed. if you can work out where they are and how big and how hot, you are basically peering back to the very first pages of the history of our universe, and this is where we start almost getting into kind of philosophy, because we can look around the world and see it as it is, but it all came from something somehow some when, we do not know the answer to that, james webb telescope will not definitively give us the answer but it will enable us to take another giant leap as to how to ask these questions. giant leap as to how to ask these cuestions. . ,. ., giant leap as to how to ask these cuestions. . ,. . ., , ., questions. fascinating, i hope what ou have questions. fascinating, i hope what you have said _ questions. fascinating, i hope what you have said will— questions. fascinating, i hope what you have said will inspire _ questions. fascinating, i hope what you have said will inspire some - questions. fascinating, i hope what you have said will inspire some of l you have said will inspire some of our younger viewers who might now be very interested in space add or astronomy can bring them, thank you very much. —— and what astronomy.
volunteers are working at vaccination centres across england today as the push continues to give every adult a booster by the end of the month. the nhs says it expects thousands of people to receive theirjab on christmas day. vaccination centres are closed in northern ireland, scotland and wales. as ministers consider whether tougher restricions are needed in england, the roman catholic archbishop, cardinal vincent nichols, has urged them not to close places of worship. emily unia reports. redbridge town hall in east london is one of a small number of vaccination centres in england that opened this morning, on christmas day, to help bolster the booster programme. fantastic idea to save so many lives. myjob, i am in contact with customers all the time. so i have got to keep myself safe, keep my customers safe. it is family time, the time you want to spend with your loved ones. - it is often in times like that that we get to think- through the real priorities, . and the real priorities are that you want to protect yourself and you want to protect - your loved ones. the government wants to offer all adults a booster by the end of the year, to tackle the spread
of the omicron variant. this pharmacy in london has been open since eight this morning. they have got about 80 appointments pre—booked, but there is capacity for at least 400 other people to walk in from the streets and get a jab. and there was a very personal reason for opening over the christmas break. i am very close to the owners of the shop. the original owner, he passed away from covid injanuary this year, and it was a horrible experience for his family. and his sons have been working very hard to make sure no on else goes through the same thing as they did. this new variant appears to cause mild illness, which health officials have described as a glimmer of hope. it is still spreading fast, though, prompting scotland, wales and northern ireland to introduce new restrictions. in his christmas message, the head of the catholic church in england called on the government to keep places of worship open.
i think we are at that point of saying we understand the risks, we know what we should do, most people are sensible and cautious. we don't need stronger impositions to teach us what to do, we know. new restrictions for england, known as step two, could see pubs and restaurants serving customers outdoors only, and a ban on different households mixing indoors. a decision on whether to bring england in line with the other uk nations could be taken early next week. emily unia, bbc news. the former england and yorkshire cricket captain ray illingworth has died. he was 89 and had been living with cancer. our sport correspondent, joe wilson, looks back on his life. raymond illingworth, batsman, bowler, leader, a cricketer for all seasons. he began his career in the 1950s. it must be out. he finally stopped playing in the 1980s.
just think, when he became england captain in 1969, they wondered then if he was too old. some people said this is too old to start being captain of england? yes, well obviously it's not a ten year policy or anything like that, but i think i am still as on the ball as i have ever been. i don't think it makes any difference. in sydney in 1971, during a fractious ashes test, he led his players off the field when beer cans were thrown from the stands. yes, he is out. the end of the match. his team—mates carried him off when england won the match and the series. this must surely be the greatest moment of ray illingworth's cricket life. english cricket appointed a new man today — ray illingworth becomes chairman of selectors. in his time as chief administrator of english cricket as selector and coach, he didn't secure the results or the dressing room harmony he once sought as a captain. i have fined michael on two counts.
first, for using dirt. secondly, for giving incomplete evidence to the match referee. at his adopted county, leicestershire, and his native yorkshire, he was a master tactician. the australians regarded his england as the mentally toughest opponents they faced. there is no higher compliment for a man who spanned the decades of post—war cricket. the former england cricket captain, ray illingworth, who's died, at the age of 89. well, let's get more on this story by speaking to simon hughes, who's editor of the cricketer. he joins us live from teddington in south west london. the passing of a legend. very much so, he the passing of a legend. very much so. he was — the passing of a legend. very much so. he was a _ the passing of a legend. very much so. he was a very— the passing of a legend. very much so, he was a very strong _
the passing of a legend. very much so, he was a very strong character, | so, he was a very strong character, had an incredibly long career, 35 years in county cricket, amazing. he was playing into his 50s for yorkshire and captaining as well. a long test career, in fact he had nearly 70 years with the clappy treasured in yorkshire, —— the club he treasured. a good leader, certainly on the field very stubborn, stuck to his guns. he read the game incredibly well. as a captain, saw ahead, planned ahead, just knew intimately what batsmen would do and plan carefully to undermine them, then became a very good commentator after that. good commentator. _ good commentator after that. good commentator, not _ good commentator after that. good commentator, not so _ good commentator after that. good commentator, not so successful perhaps as a coach and administrator. we saw the illustration in the clip, mike atherton sitting next to him, basically reading the right actor to the journalists about what he has
done, mike atherton sitting there, not knowing whether to laugh or cry or look ashamed. in a sense he never looked entirely comfortable in that kind of role. looked entirely comfortable in that kind of role-— kind of role. that is true, it was ma be a kind of role. that is true, it was maybe a generational _ kind of role. that is true, it was maybe a generational thing, - kind of role. that is true, it was maybe a generational thing, he | kind of role. that is true, it was - maybe a generational thing, he was a lot older and add a tin, who was very young when he was england captain, —— mike atherton. there was the distance between them, he hung atherton out to dry pretty much, although he himself was not ideally behaving well in that instance when he was caught out by tv cameras. the problem that ray illingworth had as coach especially was that he tried to impact on the captain to much, and when things did it go well, blamed them. —— didn't go well. i remember atherton talking bout that tour of south africa in the 90s, that ray illingworth would be sticking his finger in and disappear
off to play golf and leave atherton to run the show. it was quite a difficult relationship they had. as a player and a captain, difficult relationship they had. as a playerand a captain, he difficult relationship they had. as a player and a captain, he was immense. uniquely, he captained yorkshire to county championship success and also leicestershire, which is pretty rare. to success and also leicestershire, which is pretty rare.— success and also leicestershire, which is pretty rare. to have played two top-flight _ which is pretty rare. to have played two top-flight county _ which is pretty rare. to have played two top-flight county teams. - which is pretty rare. to have played two top-flight county teams. can i l two top—flight county teams. can i ask you about the ashes? we had that amazing victory in 71, also the stand he tried to take which was undermined by the international cricketing authority then when he took the team off and was warned, if you don't put them back on, you have automatically lost, an impossible position put a good to remind that hooliganism predated football hooliganism predated football hooliganism in this instance, but we were let out one pass. what about the impact he will have on younger players? he is a name to our generations, aca name that still
venerated? i generations, aca name that still venerated?— generations, aca name that stillj venerated?_ is venerated? i don't think he is. is he a name- _ venerated? i don't think he is. is he a name- if— venerated? i don't think he is. is he a name. if you _ venerated? i don't think he is. is he a name. if you look— venerated? i don't think he is. is he a name. if you look at - venerated? i don't think he is. is he a name. if you look at the - he a name. if you look at the rareness _ he a name. if you look at the rareness of _ he a name. if you look at the rareness of what _ he a name. if you look at the rareness of what he - he a name. if you look at the | rareness of what he achieved, england only when the ashes in australia three times against a top—notch australia team, discounting this imitate— city nine series, where they want against australia with a lot of players. england were not strong either, that series perhaps is not a fair reflection, but the others under ray illingworth and then adam might getting, three times england won initially at the last 60 audience, an immense achievement, the only time that england were unbeaten or she did it when —— 60 odd years. ray illingworth having a very strong instinct about how to play, sticking to his guns, fighting aggression
with aggression, the most aggressive england side that the steely side ever experienced. he was a very powerful and influence as douglas jardine —— the australian side. simon hughes, thank you very much, i know you will be staying up to watch the test tonight, i wonder if they will be a bit of ray illingworth spirit to inspire the players, because they needed. i spirit to inspire the players, because they needed. -- because they needed. i hope so. -- they needed- _ england faces a daunting task in melbourne tonight as the team faces australia for the third ashes test. england's two—nil down going into the famous boxing day test — and to win the ashes, the team needs to win the remaining three games in the series. a court in los angeles has ordered the former liverpool footballer daniel sturridge to pay more than 22 thousand pounds, that's around thirty—thousand dollars, to a man who found his stolen dog. the striker had offered a reward for whoever helped to reunite him with his pomeranian —
named lucci — but failed to pay up. sturridge was taken to court by foster washington who said he felt let down when the millionaire footballer failed to honour the reward. the eruption of the cumbre vieja volcano in the canary islands has finally come to an end, three months after it began spewing ash and lava. no—one was injured during the 85—day ordeal on the spanish island of la palma. but the volcano destroyed more than 1,300 homes, churches, and schools —— and submerged hundreds of hectares of farmland. canary islands security chief expressed relief and hope as he broke the news. translation: what i want to say toda can translation: what i want to say today can be — translation: what i want to say today can be said _ translation: what i want to say today can be said with _ translation: what i want to say today can be said with four- translation: what i want to sayj today can be said with four words, the eruption is over. it is an emotional relief but i think we can add one more word to the message. the word hope, because we can now focus all our energy in the reconstruction of the island. best to end on a happy note, you are
watching bbc news. hello again. for most people hoping for a white christmas, it has been a grey and damp one out there. bringing a new meaning to white christmas, foam on some of the waves hitting parts of the coastline. but we have seen a sprinkling of snow in shetland, eastern scotland and higher parts of the pennines and the yorkshire dales for it to be officially declared a white christmas, but not widespread. it has been a very wet day in south—west england. this area of rain made it wet in northern ireland. it is on the move as we get into tonight and that is butting into cold air, and the peak district, pennines and southern uplands will see some snow. northern england and scotland will have a frost, and with the wind strength as it
is over the pennines and the southern uplands, we will see this snow blowing around, affecting travel on the higher roytes. —— routes. we may see snow on lower levels in central scotland for a time on sunday morning. northern scotland likely to stay dry with sunny spells. for the rest of england, wales and northern ireland, there will be another band of rain moving eastwards. not as windy to the south—west, but this brisk south—easterly wind will make it feel chilly in scotland and north—east england. elsewhere not quite as cold a feel to the day. as we get on into the evening, there is a lot of cloud and showers arriving and they push their way northwards, still a chance of hill snow in scotland. fog forms as we go into monday morning, rather a grey day for much of the uk and a chance of outbreaks of rain in south wales and southern england. it is a touch milder, especially in england and wales. that is a trend that continues
as we go towards the end of the year. we will see several areas of low pressure coming our way with spells of wind and rain, drier and brighter in between, but all the while we will be pumping mild air northwards across the uk, and temperatures in south—east england for a time mid week may be approaching 17 celsius. but all areas will turn much milder, but wet at times, the mild weather continuing into the start of the new year.
about her personal grief over the death of her husband prince philip in her christmas day message, saying there was "one familiar laugh missing", amid the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. a 19—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing in his christmas message, pope francis highlighted the tragedies in yemen and syria which he said are being passed over in silence. the archbishop of canterburyjustin welby has called for compassion towards refugees in his christmas sermon. the world's most powerful telescope has blasted into space — soon to offer unprecedented images of the universe. christmas covid vaccines are being offered to thousands of people in england — as the british government expands its booster programme to offer all adults a jab before the new year. the former england and yorkshire captain ray illingworth has died at the age of 89.
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