This year’s Christmas Day speech is anticipated to be one of the most personal for Queen Elizabeth as she prepares to mark the holidays without her husband, Prince Phillip.
In her first festive season since the death of her husband Prince Philip, the Queen is envisioned to give a ‘particularly personal’ address to the nation in her Christmas Day message.
The message will be broadcast at 3 PM on both BBC1 and ITV1 – is traditionally a review of the year and is likely to be her most intimate yet. For her Christmas address, the Queen will be seen wearing an embossed wool shift dress in ‘Christmas red’.
The dress has been designed by her private assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly, as well as a sapphire chrysanthemum brooch which she has sported during several essential moments of her long and happy life with Philip.
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Most notably this was the brooch worn on their honeymoon. The royal palace proclaimed that service will take place at Westminster Abbey in the spring to pay tribute to the Queen’s 73-years marriage.
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Sources told The Royal UK that they ‘fully anticipated’ Prince Harry and Meghan Meghan to be invited to the service, alongside the rest of the members of the Royal Family. Many see it as a good way to ‘break the ice between the couple and their extended family. It came as the Sussexes released the first image of their baby daughter Lilibet yesterday.
Buckingham Palace shared a photograph of the Queen sitting at her desk as she prepared for her Christmas address, which she recorded last week. The 95-year-old monarch has not been seen in public since early October following a bout of ill-health.
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The picture was taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, accompanied by a single, framed picture of her and Philip captured in 2007 at Broadlands country house in Hampshire to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.
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