It's Christmas Day, which means it is time for the Queen's Christmas speech! It has been another busy and sometimes “bumpy” year for the Royal Family, and the Commonwealth, and this year Her Majesty is using her speech as a message of togetherness.
Queen Elizabeth II recorded her annual Christmas Day message in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle this year. In it, she wears a royal blue dress and is surrounded by portraits of beloved family members.
In the speech, Her Majesty acknowledges 2019 has been a year “full of pitfalls,” which could possibly reference things such as Brexit, the UK elections and more personal family matters. She begins by referencing the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, which also happened to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
You can watch the full speech below:
"Such reconciliation seldom happens overnight," the Queen says. "It takes patience and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes through small steps."
She goes on to point out that it is up to future generations to carry on that work, and says she is heartened by how younger people have been very engaged with issues such as the environment and dealing with climate change. That could be a reference to Greta Thunberg, who has drawn praise from many members of the Royal Family this year.
"The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy," she says. "But small steps can make a world of difference."
Her Majesty continues to reference Christmas by pointing out how lucky she and Prince Philip both were to see the birth of Archie, their eighth great-grandchild, this past May.
The photographs on the Queen’s desk are always different each year. In 2019’s speech, she included: a portrait of Philip; a family photograph of Prince William, Duchess Kate and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis; a photo of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla; and a black-and-white image of her father, King George VI.
Last year, Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas speech highlighted how eventful 2018 was for the world and the Royal Family.
“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies
and another child expected soon,” she stated. “It helps to keep a grandmother well
Royal fans will recall the two weddings were the nuptials of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. The two new great-grandchildren were Prince William and Kate’s son Louis, who was born that April, and Mike and Zara Tindall’s daughter Lena, who followed that June. Meghan was also expecting Archie at the time. She gave birth on May 6 of this year.