She may be one of the most famous faces in the world, but that doesn’t mean Queen Elizabeth enjoys watching herself deliver her annual Christmas speech to the English people each Dec. 25. According to a new report, the 92-year-old monarch actually leaves her Sandringham Estate and goes for a walk on Christmas Day while her family sits down to watch her televised address.
“The Queen’s Speech will be played at 3 p.m., [the royals] go through the saloon drawing room and switch the TV on, people will be expected to be there,” former royal butler Paul Burrell told the Daily Mail. “But the one person missing will be Her Majesty, who will slip through the north end door and go for a walk, as she doesn’t like to watch herself.”
“Then when she’s back they will congratulate her saying: ‘Oh, you were very good this year Granny. Well done,'” Burrell added. The former royal staff member also revealed that Christmas is the Queen’s favorite holiday because she loves having all of her family members together in one household at her famed Sandringham Estate.
“The Queen especially loves Christmas because she has her entire family under one roof. She wants to do things with the family, but she still does her boxes, even on Christmas Day. She always puts work before pleasure,” he explained.
During a sneak peek of the Queen’s Christmas speech, it was revealed that the monarch focused on the notion of respect during her address this year. “Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding,” she said.
“I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever,” the Queen added.
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