The Queen’s Christmas Message: Photo of the monarch published in the first celebratory address since the death of Prince Philip | News from Great Britain – World

The Queen is expected to deliver a particularly personal Christmas message as she prepares for her first festive period since the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.

Buckingham Palace has released a photo of the monarch, taken while taping her annual celebratory speech, filmed last week, showing her sitting behind a desk in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

On the desk is a single photo of her and Prince Philip, taken in 2007 in Broadlands, once the home of Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten, where they spent part of their honeymoon.

The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, wore the sapphire brooch on her honeymoon in 1947

The photo was taken on their diamond wedding anniversary and is recreated from an image taken during their honeymoon in 1947.

Dressed in bright red, the queen also wears the same sapphire chrysanthemum brooch she wore in both photos.

The life of Prince Philip in pictures

The palace never gives details of what the monarch will say before Christmas Day, but the subject and words are always carefully chosen by the queen herself, with the assistance of her private secretaries.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, are walking in Broadlands in Romsey, southern England, in this undated photo from 2007. The Queen and Prince Philip will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with a special thanksgiving service on November 19, 2007. REUTERS / Fiona Hanson / Pool (UK - Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS)
Her Majesty also wore the brooch when she celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary in 2007

This would always be a poignant Christmas for Her Majesty, the first without her husband.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in April at the age of 99. The couple had been married for 73 years.

In a statement on his death, the Queen referred to him as her “beloved husband”.

Since April she has paid tribute to him in speeches at the opening of Scottish Parliament and in a video message played for heads of state and government at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

In the new photo, the 95-year-old monarch looks thinner than in recent months.

But it goes without saying that she is in good shape and has continued to do light tasks afterwards Doctors advised her to rest at the end of October.

The Queen sat alone at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip due to the COVID rules

On Monday, the palace confirmed that the Queen wouldn’t make her annual trip to Sandringham this Christmas and would stay in Windsor instead.

It is believed that it was a personal choice and was made by the Queen after careful deliberation.

It’s the second year she’s staying in Windsor. Last year she was with Prince Philip and a few coworkers.

On Thursday it was confirmed that the The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be with the Queen on Christmas day.

It is unclear whether there will be more family members. Prince Andrew and his family live on the Windsor estate, and Prince Edward and his family live nearby.

Princess Anne is currently in isolation after her husband Tim Laurence tested positive for COVID.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas with Kate’s family in Norfolk.

• You can watch the Queen’s address to the nation on Christmas Day at 3:00 p.m. on Sky News.

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