Queen Elizabeth Pays Tribute to the ‘Beloved’ Prince Philip in A Bleak Christmas Message

In a particularly bleak Christmas message on Saturday, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth mourned and paid tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, who died earlier this year at the age of 99.

“Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones. This year, especially, I understand why, ”she said in a televised message in front of a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle and next to a photo of her with her 73-year-old husband.

“His sense of service to her, intellectual curiosity, and ability to squeeze fun out of any situation, were overwhelming,” said the queen. “That mischievous, inquisitive glow was just as bright in the end as when I first saw it.”

This time, her annual vacation speech began with a series of vintage photos of the couple.

“Life, of course, consists of both final farewells and first encounters,” the Queen sadly noted in the televised address.

But “as much as my family and I miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas,” Queen Elizabeth added, noting that she and her family had sensed the presence of her late husband as they prepared to celebrate their first season of Christmas without him.

Despite the loss, there has been joy, the Queen remarked. She welcomed the arrival of four new great-grandchildren this year, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 6-month-old daughter Lilibet Diana, named for the queen’s nickname and baby Lilibet’s paternal grandmother, the late Princess Diana. .

“For me and my family, even with a lost family laugh this year, there will be joy in Christmas as we have the opportunity to remember and see again the wonders of the holiday season through the eyes of our young children,” s Queen said.

She expressed hope for brighter days ahead, noting that children “teach us all a lesson, just as the Christmas story does, that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with infinite potential.”

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