Christmas greetings from Elizabeth II: the queen pays homage to Prince Philip who she « misses »

The Queen of England paid tribute to her husband who died last April at the age of 99, referring to the « comfort » and « support » he has provided throughout their marriage.

« I miss him ». Queen Elizabeth II opened up about her husband Prince Philip, who disappeared this year, in a pre-recorded allowance to the British given as every year for Christmas Day.

« Christmas can be particularly cruel when you’ve lost a loved one and, this year in particular, I understand why, » testified the 95-year-old monarch, dressed in a red dress and a necklace of white pearls around her neck .

“Since the passing of my late Philip, I have taken great comfort in the many expressions of affection shown to me,” she thanked, a lit Christmas tree in the background.

His « comfort » and his « support »

The Queen paid tribute to her husband, whom she described as « comfort » and « support » throughout their marriage, for this first end-of-year address since his death last April at the age 99.

Recalling fondly the Philip to whom she was married for 73 years, she cites « her sense of duty, her intellectual curiosity and her ability to have fun in any situation ». « The mischievous, questioning glow (of his eyes) was as brilliant at the end as when I first laid eyes on him, » she continues.

For the occasion, Elizabeth wore a brooch in the shape of a chrysanthemum on her outfit, the same jewel she had on a famous photo taken with her husband on their honeymoon in 1947.

Pictures of the couple were shown at the start of the remarks and a photo of the Prince and Queen, taken in 2007 on their diamond wedding anniversary, was also prominently displayed on his desk when he spoke.

« Enjoying traditions » despite the virus

« Even though due to the Covid we cannot celebrate (Christmas) quite the way we would have liked, we can still enjoy many happy traditions » such as singing a Christmas carol or decorating a tree, suggested Elizabeth II in his speech.

The sovereign, on the other hand, made no mention of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who distanced themselves from the royal family in 2020 and now live in California, although she was delighted with the birth of four. children in the royal family in 2021, including Lilibet, the couple’s second child.

2021 will have been a difficult one for the nonagenarian sovereign, who after losing her husband has had to give up most of his commitments. Her doctors put her to rest after spending a night in hospital in October for unspecified reasons.

And these first end-of-year celebrations without Philip, which she had described as « rock », are clouded by the meteoric resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom. After canceling the traditional pre-holiday lunch she gives to around 50 members of her family, she gave up going to celebrate Christmas in Sandringham, in the east of England, staying at Windsor Castle near London, now his main residence.

Juliette Desmonceaux with AFP

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