Another year, another touching Christmas message from Queen Elizabeth. Although the British monarch’s speech doesn’t air until Dec. 25, the palace gave us a sneak peek of the 92-year-old’s words from the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
“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.”
“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.”
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— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 24, 2018
She continued, “I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date.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 delivered her speech — which was previously recorded on Dec. 12 — in a pretty bedazzled champagne-colored dress with a gold and maroon brooch and a pearl necklace and earrings. Aside from the festive Christmas tree in the background, a black and white photo of a young Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and their son Prince Charles was beside her on the desk.
This year’s message feels extra special to fans considering how much has changed for the royal family this past year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do” in May, Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed baby No. 3, Prince Louis, in April, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall welcomed their daughter, Lena Elizabeth in June, and in October, Harry and Meg announced they are expecting their first baby this spring.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, the Queen took the train from London to Sandringham Estate to begin her Christmas break. She’s set to celebrate the holidays there with her family, including Kate and Will and Harry and Meg, despite their feud.
The Queen delivered her first-ever Christmas speech via radio in 1952 and via television in 1957. Her 2018 speech will air Christmas Day at 3 p.m. GMT. We can’t wait!
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