Queen Elizabeth remembers Prince Philip in Christmas speech, no mention of Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Andrew
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Queen Elizabeth shared the pain she felt after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, as she encouraged people around the world to celebrate Christmas with their friends and family, despite the heartbreak caused by the pandemic In progress.
Saying that she understood the difficulty of making it through the holiday season “with a familiar laughter missing,” the monarch delivered her speech alongside a framed photo of her arm in arm with Prince Philip, who died in April at the age 99. Over her right shoulder was the same sapphire chrysanthemum brooch she wore in the photo – a glittering pin she also wore as a bride.
‘Although it is a time of great happiness and good humor for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones,’ the Queen said in the pre-recorded message released as many British families enjoyed their traditional Christmas dinner. “This year, above all, I understand why.”
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This holiday season is the first since the monarch bid farewell to her husband of over 70 during a service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time meant the Queen was sitting alone – a poignant reminder of how she would spend her life in the future.
Despite her own loss, the Queen said her family was a “source of great happiness”. While she noted that she had welcomed four great-grandchildren this year, she made no mention of Prince Harry’s grandson and his wife Meghan Markle who stepped down from royal duties in 2020. The British monarch also made no mention of her son Prince Andrew who is facing a civil lawsuit from Virginia Roberts Giuffre who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 at Jeffrey Epstein’s home in New York, as well as London and the US Virgin Islands.
“Although COVID again means that we cannot celebrate quite as we would have liked, we can still enjoy the many happy traditions, whether it be the singing of Christmas carols – as long as the tune is well known – decorate the tree, give and receive gifts or watch a favorite movie which we already know the end of, “she said. “It’s no surprise that families treasure their Christmas routines so often.”
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As the highly transmissible variant of the omicron coronavirus rapidly spreads across the UK, the 95-year-old Queen has decided not to spend Christmas at Sandringham, the royal estate in the east of England where she traditionally spends the holidays. end of year family celebrations. The palace said on Monday the Queen would be spending the holidays at Windsor Castle, west London, where she remained during most of the pandemic.
She will be joined by some of her family, including Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The annual Christmas message to the people of the UK and Commonwealth marks the end of a busy and sometimes difficult year for the Queen.
Philip died in April, just two months away from his 100th birthday, after spending weeks in hospital. Buckingham Palace announced this week that it has agreed to host a Thanksgiving service for her life in the spring.
The monarch has had health problems herself, cutting back on her travel and work since spending a night in hospital in October and being told by her doctors to rest. Since then, she has taken on light duties, including virtual hearings with diplomats and weekly conversations with the Prime Minister.
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In June, she made an appearance at the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, and in November, she gave a recorded speech at the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow.
Closing her Christmas post, the Queen noted that the holidays are often seen as a time for children. But, she said, that is “only half the story.”
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“Perhaps it is truer to say that Christmas can speak to the child within us all. Adults, when overwhelmed with worry, sometimes fail to see the joy in simple things there. where the kids don’t. And for me and my family, even with a familiar chuckle missing this year, there will be joy at Christmas. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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