The Queen to give ‘particularly personal’ Christmas message in memory of Prince Philip

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A photograph of the Queen has been released of her recording this years televised Christmas speech showing her wearing the same brooch she wore for her honeymoon photoshoot with Prince Philip.

A framed photograph of the couple taken to mark their Diamond Wedding is also seen on her desk.

A Buckingham Palace source said the Queen’s speech this year is expected to be “particularly personal,” as she prepares to spend her first Christmas as a widow.

The Queen will spend the festive period at Windsor Castle after Her Majesty called off plans to host the royal family at her Norfolk estate for the second year running due to the pandemic.

However, her Majesty will see some family members on Christmas day including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and possibly the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children.

Last year, the Queen used her Christmas massage to praise the “indomitable spirit” of those who had risen so “magnificently” to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, she is expected to reiterate the theme of unity and to thank everyone who has helped keep Britain going.

The Queen is also expected to mention the four new additions to her family this year including Princess Eugenie’s son August, Zara Tindall’s son Lucas, Princess Beatrice’s daughter Sienna and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet.

This week the Queen has also given her blessing to a service of thanksgiving for the life of her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. It is expected Prince Philip will be celebrated during a service at Westminster Abbey in the spring.

As is traditional, the Queen’s speech will be broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day.

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