The Queen's speech is expected to be "particularly personal" this year

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The Queen's speech is expected to be "particularly personal" this year, as the monarch prepares for her first Christmas Day since her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, sadly passed away.

Ahead of her televised address to the nation, Buckingham Palace shared a photograph of the Queen sitting behind a desk in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Notably, there is a single, framed photograph of the Queen and Prince Philip, which was taken to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2007.

The photograph, which shows the Queen and the late Duke smiling at each other, was taken to replicate a famous photo from their honeymoon, taken in Broadlands, Hampshire, in 1947.

In the photo of the Queen released by Buckingham Palace, she wears the same sapphire chrysanthemum brooch that she wore in the pictures of her honeymoon and her Diamond Wedding anniversary.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in April at the age of 99.

Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Topical Press Agency - Getty Images

The Royal Family's official Twitter account shared the photograph, which you can see here:

The traditional broadcast was recorded last week before the Queen decided to stay in Windsor Castle – rather than go to Sandringham, as is royal tradition at Christmas – due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to BBC News, the Queen was in "good form" during the recording and needed a few takes to complete it.

The Queen is not expected to make any public appearances on Christmas Day. According to Clarence House – the official London residence of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles – Charles and Camilla will be joined by the Wessexes and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in attending a morning service at St George’s Chapel.

The Queen's speech will be broadcast on BBC One and ITV at 3pm on Christmas Day. It will also be available via Amazon's Alexa devices.

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