While Queen Elizabeth IIThe celebration of Christmas may have seemed different from years past, one tradition has survived: its annual televised Christmas Day speech.
“Although it is a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones. Especially this year, I understand why “, explained Elisabetta, 95, in her annual broadcast, which aired on Saturday 25 December.” But for me, in the months following the death of my beloved Filippo, I took great comfort from the heat. and the affection of the numerous tributes to his life and work, from all over the country, the Commonwealth and the world “.
He continued: “Her sense of service, intellectual curiosity and ability to squeeze the fun out of any situation were all unstoppable. That mischievous and inquiring sparkle was finally as bright as when I first saw it. But life, of course, is made up of final separations as well as first encounters; and as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would like us to enjoy Christmas ”.
As the queen paid tribute to the deceased royal’s legacy, she noted how the holidays would not have been the same without his joyful presence.
“And for me and my family, even if this year is missing a familiar laugh, there will be joy in Christmas, as we will have a chance to remember and see again the wonder of the holiday season through the eyes of our children, of who we are. were delighted to welcome four more this year, “the queen said.
She also honored her late spouse with her tailoring choices, wearing the same sapphire and chrysanthemum brooch she wore on her honeymoon with Philip in 1947. The queen also sat next to a photo of the 70th wedding anniversary of the couple in 2007.
Us Weekly confirmed earlier this month that the Queen will not be traveling to Sandringham House for the happy holidays, but will be stopping at Windsor Castle for a small gathering of her family. Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince Andrew And Prince Edward all gathered next to her to celebrate. However, daughter Princess Anna was noticeably absent after her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
Over the holiday season last year, the ruler spent the occasion at Windsor Castle with her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99, in the middle of the country blockade.
“After considering all appropriate advice, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have decided that they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor this year,” confirmed a Buckingham Palace spokesperson in December 2020.
While the married couple had a low-key celebration, they used their annual broadcast to share messages of hope for the coming year.
“Every year we announce the arrival of Christmas by turning on the lights. And light does more than just create a festive atmosphere: light brings hope, “the queen shared in her speech last year.” Surprisingly, a year that necessarily kept people apart has us, in many ways. , come closer. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by the stories of people volunteering in their communities, helping those in need. In the UK and around the world, people have faced the challenges of the year beautifully and I am so proud and moved by this calm and indomitable spirit. To our young people in particular I say thank you for the role you have played “.
He added at the time: “Of course, for many, this time of year will be tinged with sadness: some mourn the loss of loved ones, and others miss friends and family away for safety, when all would have What they truly want for. Christmas is a simple hug or a handshake. If you are among them, you are not alone and I assure you of my thoughts and prayers.… It is with this spirit that I wish you a happy Christmas “.
The royal family has many special Christmas traditions, including a gathering in Sandringham, a lunchtime party, and a walk to church that morning.
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