Queen Elizabeth mourns Prince Philip, ignores Harry in Christmas speech
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Queen Elizabeth shared a sad Christmas message on Saturday, mourning the loss of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh – whom she called her ‘beloved Philip’.
“Although it is a time of great happiness and good humor for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones,” said the 95-year-old monarch, dressed in red and sitting next to a photo of her and her husband.
“This year, above all, I understand why.”
Philip died in April, two months before his 100th birthday. The couple had been married for 73 years and had four children: Princess Anne and Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward.
“But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have taken great comfort in the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from all over the world. countries, in the Commonwealth and around the world, ”the Queen said in the pre-recorded address.
“His sense of service, his intellectual curiosity and his ability to have fun in any situation were all overwhelming. That mischievous, questioning twinkle was as brilliant at the end as it was when I first laid eyes on it.
Buckingham Palace announced this week that the Queen is planning to hold a thanksgiving service in Philip’s life this spring.
The Queen celebrated Christmas at Windsor Castle with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, who is the Duchess of Cornwall, and a few other relatives. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen has skipped her usual annual Christmas trip to Sandringham, her royal estate in Norfolk.
In her speech, the Queen did not mention her grandson, Prince Harry, who clashed with the royal family over the treatment of his wife, actress Meghan Markle.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry and his wife opened up about their separation from the rest of the Royal Family and said some of its members expressed concern over the complexion of their first son, Archie, when Markle was pregnant. . .
The Queen’s only gratitude to Harry or his family came when she mentioned that she had welcomed four new great-grandchildren this year, including Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lili who was born in June.
“For me and my family, even with a familiar laughter missing this year, there will be joy at Christmas, as we will have the chance to remember and re-examine the wonders of the holiday season through the eyes of our young people. children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year, ”said the Queen.
“They teach us all a lesson, just like the Christmas story does, that in the birth of a child there is a new dawn with endless potential.”
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