What a throwback! Queen Elizabeth gives her Christmas speech every year, and while it’s nice to hear her sweet words, fans couldn’t help but point out what was going on in the background during her address this time around. One thing in particular: an old photo of herself, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles.
The black and white snap is from a Buckingham Palace photo op that took place in April 1949. In the photo, Charles was six months old. Elizabeth, 92, looked happy as ever in the snapshot while Philip, 97, looked stoically at the camera.
The background also featured lovely Christmas decorations and a golden piano, but it was Elizabeth’s touching words that really captivated royal fans everywhere.
“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,” she said. “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She continued, “I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date.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.”
Elizabeth even gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby on the way a shout-out in the address. “It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied,” the British monarch told the English people in her address.
Although we all look forward to watching her annual Christmas speech, the Queen herself isn’t particularly a fan. “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. We can’t wait for next year’s address already!
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