The 95-year-old monarch said that while Christmas was “a time of great happiness and good humor for many,” it “can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones.”
The video message that aired on Saturday opened with an excerpt from the Queen’s 1997 speech for the Golden Wedding Anniversary with the Duke of Edinburgh. A photo of the couple marking their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 has been posted on a table in front of the Queen. In another nod to her husband, the monarch wore the same sapphire chrysanthemum brooch she was pictured with on her honeymoon with Philip in 1947.
The Queen said that since Prince Philip’s death she had taken great comfort in the warmth and affection of the many tributes to her life and work around the world.
“His sense of service, his intellectual curiosity and his ability to have fun in any situation – were all unstoppable. That mischievous and questioning twinkle was as brilliant at the end as when I first saw it.” , added the queen.
The Queen said that while the Royal Family misses Prince Philip, they know he would want them to have a celebration, adding that while Covid has once again put a strain on Christmas celebrations this year, it There are still many festive traditions that can be valuable such as singing Christmas carols, decorating the tree, exchanging gifts.
She added that the transmission of these traditions and values from one generation to the next is a “source of great happiness”.
The palace has also canceled a pre-Christmas lunch that the monarch typically hosts for the extended family.
In Sandringham, the Queen usually attends the Christmas Day service at the estate’s Church of St. Mary Magdalene. She has often been accompanied by members of her extended family who are traditionally greeted by supporters keen to get a glimpse of the royal family.
That tradition has also been curtailed this year, with a handful of royals including Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward and his family seen attending a service in Windsor.
Later on Saturday, Thames Valley Police said they arrested an armed intruder on the grounds of Windsor Castle around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Police said “security processes” were triggered moments after the man entered the field and added that he had not entered any building.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spending Christmas Day at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, a royal source told CNN on Thursday. They were joined by some members of the Middleton family.
The evening of Christmas carols was led by the Duchess, who wished to organize “a celebration of life in our communities, and illustrate how acts of kindness, empathy and love can nourish us and reconnect us”.
In a recorded message introducing the event, Kate said she wanted to thank those who went above and beyond to support their communities during the pandemic, celebrate the acts of kindness that have been seen across the country and recognize others who may have struggled to overcome the past two years.
Within the Order of Service, she spoke of the end of “another extraordinary year” and the “previously unimaginable challenges” of the past 18 months.
Participants in the December 8 event have been described as ‘the unsung heroes’ selected from community networks, charities and sponsorships of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge.
A recording of the event, “Royal Carols: Together At Christmas” aired on UK network ITV on Christmas Eve, and included previously unreleased footage of the Duchess playing the piano.
Viewers knew the show would feature numerous celebrity appearances, with musical performances by singers Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, and readings given by British Paralympic athlete Kim Daybell and “Harry Potter” star Tom Felton, but Kate’s performance was a surprise.
The Duchess was shown in the Chapter House inside Westminster Abbey alongside Tom Walker playing ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’.
Members of the Windsor Clan attended the festivities to offer their support for the Duchess’s big night, including Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice, Countess of Wessex, as well as Zara and Mike Tindall.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as her siblings, James and Pippa, also made a rare public appearance.
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