The Queen Included a Romantic Gesture to Prince Philip in Her Christmas Speech
From Marie Claire
Earlier this week, people across the UK and across the Commonwealth (and other countries around the world) gathered to watch the Queen's annual Christmas TV show.
As usual, the Queen's speech was exactly what the world needed, which in 2020 meant comforting, stabilizing and inspiring in the midst of a global pandemic.
The Queen took a sweet nod on her broadcast to her 73-year-old husband, Prince Philip. She had placed a framed photo of Philip from her private collection visibly next to her on her desk for the speech.
Every year the Queen gives her annual Christmas speech. However, this year the world really needed her wisdom. The speech was exactly what we were hoping for - calming, comforting and of course inspiring.
While the words Queen Elizabeth II uttered during her broadcast were addressed to the people of the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth (and, frankly, the world over), the Queen made sure to give special attention to one of her closest people Nod to attach own heart - her husband of more than 70 years (which is just !!! for himself) Prince Philip.
The Queen sat at her desk in the leafy drawing room at Windsor Castle to record the speech. On her desk was a framed photo of Philip which, according to Hello magazine, came straight from the Queen's private collection.
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The Queen wore a beautiful purple Angela Kelly dress and a brooch belonging to the Queen Mother, designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomson and made in 1919.
Read the Queen's 2020 Christmas broadcast in full:
Every year we ring in the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights. And light creates more than just a festive mood - light brings hope.
For Christians, Jesus is “the light of the world,” but we cannot celebrate His birth in the usual way today. People of all faiths could not gather in the way they would like for their festivals like Passover, Easter, Eid and Vaisakhi. But we need life to go on. Last month, fireworks lit the skies around Windsor as Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights that offered joyful moments of hope and unity - despite social distancing.
Remarkably, a year that necessarily kept people apart has brought us closer in many ways. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have drawn inspiration from the stories of people who volunteer in their communities and help those in need.
The people of the UK and around the world have faced the challenges of the year magnificently and I am so proud and moved by this calm, indomitable spirit. I would particularly like to thank our young people for the role they have played.
This year we celebrated International Nurses Day on the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. As with other nursing pioneers like Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale shone a lamp of hope worldwide.
Even today, our services shine at the forefront for us - backed by the amazing achievements of modern science - and we owe them to them. We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and comfort ourselves that even on the darkest of nights, there is hope in the new dawn.
Jesus touched on this with the parable of the good Samaritan. The man who is robbed and left on the side of the road is rescued by someone who did not share his religion or culture. This wonderful story of kindness is just as relevant to this day. Good Samaritans have emerged throughout society who show care and respect for all, regardless of gender, race, or origin, reminding us that each of us is special and equal in the eyes of God.
The teachings of Christ have served as my inner light, as has the meaning we can find when we come together to worship.
In November we thought of another hero - although nobody knows his name. The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is not a huge memorial, but anyone entering Westminster Abbey must walk around their resting place and honor this nameless fighter of World War I - a symbol of selfless duty and ultimate sacrifice. The unknown warrior was no exception. That is the point. He represents millions like him who throughout our history have placed the lives of others above their own and will do so today. For me, this is a source of continued hope in difficult and unpredictable times.
Of course, this time of year will be marked by sadness for many: some will mourn those who are close to their hearts and others will miss friends and family members who are aloof for safety reasons when all they would really want for Christmas is a simple one Hug or a squeeze of the hand. If you are among them, do not be alone and let my thoughts and prayers reassure you.
The Bible tells how a star appeared in the sky, the light of which led the shepherds and wise men to the place of Jesus' birth. Let the Christmas light - the spirit of selflessness, love and above all hope - guide you into the times to come.
With this in mind, I wish you a Merry Christmas. "
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