This was Elizabeth’s first birthday address as a widow. She said she now knows from personal experience how difficult it is to spend Christmas after losing a loved one. But this time, the princess claimed, referring to the Christmas story, it also features a fresh start. A royal birthday message has never been this character.
In April, Philip, who had been married for more than 73 years, passed away at the age of 99. A photo of her with her husband was placed diagonally behind her on the table. The brooch she received in 1946 when she launched an oil tanker called the Princess Princess was affixed to the right side of her pink dress – also a nod to her beloved. The late Prince will be honored next year at Westminster Abbey. More people will attend than the thirty allowed to attend the funeral.
In her Christmas address, which is traditionally preceded by the national anthem May God protect the QueenElizabeth Phillips praised his “compelling need for service, his intellectual curiosity and ability to have fun in any situation – all of which was irresistible.”
“That mischievous curiosity was shining as bright as I was laying my eyes on it for the first time,” she said wistfully. She commended her eldest son Charles, and eldest son William, for continuing to work in Philip’s life, such as keeping and helping disadvantaged youth.
Elizabeth said that in these uncertain, and sometimes lonely, times, people should try to find relief “in the many happy traditions” that Christmas brings, and that true joy lies in the simple things. She also mentioned singing Christmas carols (“as long as the tune is known”) and decorating the Christmas tree. Christmas, as I read her timeless message, is ultimately a time of simplicity, referring to the birth of Jesus in a farm shed. These days she reported taking the baby out of every adult, especially Philip, who had a very playful side.
The Queen is spending Christmas with her children and some of her grandchildren at Windsor Castle – where police on Saturday arrested an armed man who appeared to have wanted to break in. Only her daughter Anne is missing. Princess Royal is in quarantine because her husband has tested positive.
It’s the second year in a row that Elizabeth has spent Christmas in her medieval castle. She usually spends the winter in Sandringham, Norfolk County. She had planned Christmas dinner for fifty relatives and friends, but she canceled it. It wasn’t against the rules, but the Queen thought it was inappropriate. Many of its parishioners celebrate Christmas.
Her granddaughter Kate, wife of William, stole the show at a Christmas party in Westminster Abbey Friday night accompanied by singer Tom Walker on piano. This was the first time that the British had seen the future Queen play the piano. Comparisons were immediately made with Princess Diana, who once played the piano while visiting Australia.
Members of the royal family attended a large mass at St George’s Chapel, near Windsor Castle, on Christmas morning. The Queen, who has had health issues in recent months, stayed home as a precaution. The world’s longest-reigning king is about to reach another milestone. Next year it will celebrate its Platinum Day – 70 Years of Kings – with its fellow countrymen.
At the Hemelpost we say goodbye this weekend to those who came to go in 2021. Lea van Beekhoven, a Dutch correspondent in London wrote here Letter to Prince Philip, husband of the British Queen. He was 99 years old and died on April 9.
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