British Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II got sentimental about Prince Philip in her Christmas message

Her Majesty reflected on the year gone by. And what a year it's been for the Queen who celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary.

By Lorna Gray
Christmas is without a doubt the most sentimental time of year and Queen Elizabeth II was in an especially reflective mood as she delivered her annual Christmas speech.
It was particularly poignant for Her Majesty as it was the 60th anniversary of her first televised Christmas address.
She said her reflections on the year had made her "grateful for the blessings of home and family".
The Queen writes the address herself, drawing on both current issues and her own experiences.
Sadly the year gone by has been marred by tragedies including the Manchester terror attack and Grenfell Tower fire. Her Majesty said it was a "privilege" to meet brave survivors:
"This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past twelve months in the face of appalling attacks.
"In Manchester, those targeted included children who had gone to see their favourite singer. A few days after the bombing, I had the privilege of meeting some of the young
survivors and their parents.
"I describe that hospital visit as a 'privilege' because the patients I met were an example to us all, showing extraordinary bravery and resilience."
The Queen then let her sentimental side shine through as she discussed her husband of 70 years, Prince Philip.
"When we were married I don't think there was such a thing as a platinum anniversary, they didn't know we would be around that long," she joked.
Her Majesty praised her husband as she addressed his retirement:
"Even Prince Philip has decided it's time to slow down a little — having, as he economically put it, 'done his bit'. But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever."
That we don't doubt!
The Queen also said she looked forward to welcoming new members to her family next year.
Speaking of which, Meghan Markle looked radiant as she stepped out with the royal family for her Sandringham debut.
We're so looking forward to the royal year ahead.

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