Queen delivers her Christmas Day speech for 2020
The Monarch made her annual Christmas speech on Friday at 3pm as usual where she highlighted the most remarkable things about this year. In the emotional broadcast, she pointed out the hardships endured by many during the coronavirus pandemic and praised the heroes who helped make a difference during such an unprecedented time.
Usually, the Queen addresses the nation from her desk, which is thoroughly decorated with portraits of the Royal Family.
However, this year she highlighted one royal in specific by only placing his portrait on his desk.
Positioned next to her on the desk was a photograph of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years.
In the snap, the Duke of Edinburgh is seen wearing a light blue jacket and looking into the distance.
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The sweet gesture comes after the royal couple were forced to spend Christmas Day at Windsor Castle instead of travelling to Sandringham as they do every year.
Coronavirus restrictions in place across the UK also prevented the Queen from celebrating with her family and paying tribute to her father, King George VI, who was the last royal to die on the estate.
The Queen has only had to change her Christmas celebration twice during her reign.
The first time was one year into her reign in 1953, when she and Philip were in Auckland, New Zealand, during their landmark Commonwealth tour.
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The second time was in 2016 when she had to break royal tradition due to bad health.
The Monarch missed out on her annual church visit due to a “heavy cold” which she was recovering from.
However, she was able to enjoy other Christmas traditions.
Speaking at the time, a Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed she would take part in certain activities during the day.
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They said: “Her Majesty the Queen will not attend church at Sandringham this morning. The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery.
“Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”
A royal expert told Express.co.uk that the Queen missed the small details about being at Sandringham most.
Penny Junor, author of Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage, said: “I am sure she will miss the dogs.
“She breeds gun dogs at Sandringham, and although she doesn’t work them herself anymore, she still delights in watching others work them. And then she will miss the Boxing Day shoot, which the Duke of Edinburgh always used to organise and was a high spot of Christmas for the whole family.”
As well as the Queen, other members of the Royal Family worry about the future of royal Christmas celebrations.
According to Ms Junor, royals wonder how many Christmases they have next to Her Majesty due to her advanced age.
She said: “Given the age of both the Queen and the Duke, I imagine they and the entire family will be wondering how many more Christmases they will have to spend together. It is something families up and down the country with elderly relatives, forced to spend Christmas apart this year, will no doubt be wondering.”
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