Queen Elizabeth pays homage to husband in Christmas message, says Miss Familiar Laugh
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth spoke of the loss of her husband Prince Philip on Saturday, recalling the “mischievous twinkle” in his eyes in an unusually personal Christmas message to the nation.
The 95-year-old monarch said that while Christmas was a time of happiness for many, it could be difficult for those who had lost loved ones, and this year especially, she understood why, having lost Philip, 99, in April. after 73 years. marriage.
“Her sense of service, her intellectual curiosity and her ability to have fun in any situation were all overwhelming,” she said on her traditional pre-recorded party show, paying homage to “my beloved Philip” .
“That mischievous and questioning twinkle was as brilliant at the end as it was when I first laid eyes on it,” she said.
The Queen said she knew Philip would like his family to enjoy Christmas and that there would be joy for them despite the absence of his “familiar laugh”.
She spoke her address while sitting at a desk with a picture of herself and Philip on it, arm in arm and smiling at each other. The photo was taken in 2007, when the couple were celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
For her show, the Queen wore a sapphire brooch that she wore on her honeymoon in 1947 and for the Diamond Wedding portrait. Photos of her and Philip from different stages of their lives appeared on screen as she spoke.
Elizabeth is spending Christmas at Windsor Castle, west London, for the second year in a row, a break from royal tradition caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A palace source said this reflects a precautionary approach when the Omicron variant spreads rapidly.
Members of his close family were due to visit him, including his eldest son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. She was not expected to make a public appearance.
Usually all Windsors get together for Christmas at another of his homes, the Sandringham Estate in the east of England. Their march to a nearby church for a Christmas service is a staple of the royal calendar.
With the daily number of COVID infections in Britain reaching record highs, the Queen last week canceled a pre-Christmas lunch with her family, also as a precaution.
In her post, she also spoke of her upcoming Platinum Jubilee year, which begins in February and will mark her 70 years on the throne. She is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having passed her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria in 2015.
She said she hoped the jubilee would be a chance for people “to give thanks for the tremendous changes of the past 70 years, social, scientific and cultural, and also to look to the future with confidence.”
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