The royal family has a stark end of the year warning

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The Prince of Wales has delivered a stark warning against the rise of populism saying it risks repeating the "dark days" of the 1930s.

During the popular BBC Radio 4's religious Thought for the Day slot, Prince Charles expressed his grave concerns over the increase of religious hatred and he pleaded for countries to welcome those fleeing persecution.

"We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith. All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s," he said.

"My parents' generation fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe."

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1. Prince George Heads to Nursery School 
The third in line to the throne was the picture of cuteness, rocking a blue backpack and navy coat for his first day at the Westacre Montessori School.

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2. Royals in the Snow 
Baby royals + snowsuits = perfection! The family went on a snowy ski break to the French Alps in early March.

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3. Royal Tour of India and Bhutan 
Only Kate Middleton could play soccer and cricket in wedge heels without tripping.

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4. Prince William and Prince Harry Have a Lightsaber Battle 
Royal Jedis! While visiting the Star Wars set in April, the two brothers had some lightsaber fun.

(Photo: Instagram)

5. Queen Elizabeth Turns 90 
Long live the Queen! Elizabeth attended a horse show in honor of her milestone birthday, but wasn’t particularly impressed. The pictures say it all.

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6. Prince George Meets Obama in His Bathrobe! 
Prince George clearly couldn’t be bothered to dress up to meet the president. In a series of adorable pics, the little royal greeted the visiting Obamas, showing him the rocking horse the president had gifted him.

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7. Queen Elizabeth Trash Talks the Obamas 
In a fun-spirited Invictus Games video with her grandson, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth gave Barack and Michelle Obama some of her signature shade, saying, “Oh really, please,” when FLOTUS and POTUS tried to challenge Harry at the games.

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8. Kate Middleton Is a Vogue Cover Girl 
It’s always been clear that Kate’s fashion is impeccable, but she made it official in the pages of British Vogue’s June issue.

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9. Princess Charlotte Turns One, Melts Hearts in Portraits 
After a fancy christening photo shoot last year, the Royals went casual for Charlotte’s first birthday, posting portraits taken by Middleton herself.

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10. Prince William Does Yoga in Tight Pants 
Namaste! The father of two showed off his incredible yoga moves in white pants at the Audi Polo Challenge, and the image will forever be ingrained in our minds.

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11. Trooping of the Colour 
Though her official birthday was in April, Queen Elizabeth’s annual week-long celebration took place in June. Like a boss, Her Royal Majesty sported a lime green suit to the Trooping of the Colour, greeting the crowds outside of Buckingham Palace before waving from the palace balcony with her family. She was even spotted gently scolding her grandson, Prince William, for kneeling down. Tisk, tisk!

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12. Prince George’s Tarmac Tantrum 
While checking out several fighter planes, scene-stealer Prince George threw a bit of a fit and his parents had to comfort him in front of the press. It made us love him even more!

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13. Royals at Wimbledon 
Kate and William cheered on British tennis pro Andy Murray to his Wimbledon victory in July.

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14. Royal Tour of Canada 
What makes a royal tour better? Two cute kids! Prince George and Princess Charlotte accompanied their parents and took their first trip to North America.

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15. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Go Public 
After years of living the chronic bachelor life, Prince Harry went public this fall, calling Suits star Meghan Markle his “girlfriend” in a rare statement. In the comments, he accused some members of the press and public of “racism and sexism,” when writing about Markle.

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16. Prince Harry Honors Princess Diana 
In addition to continuing his late mother’s charity work surrounding HIV and AIDs, Prince Harry got very vocal this past year about honoring Diana’s memory. On his Royal Tour of the Caribbean he got an HIV test with Rihannaon World AIDs Day in Barbados.

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Though he didn't mention any political figures or parties, the outspoken address could be seen as a veiled reference to the election of Donald Trump in the United States and the rise of far-right movements in Europe.

The Prince said his comments on refugees fleeing persecution applied not only to Christians but also to religions such as the Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadi Muslims and Baha'i people.

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"According to the United Nations, 5.8 million more people abandoned their homes in 2015 than the year before, bringing the annual total to a staggering 65.3 million. That is almost equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom," he said."The suffering doesn't end when they arrive seeking refuge in a foreign land."

"That nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution is to me beyond all belief," he said. "We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past."

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