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The Sweet Way The Queen Will Pay Tribute To Prince Philip In Her Christmas Day Speech

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Buckingham Palace has released an image from the Queen’s pre-recorded Christmas speech for 2021, and we couldn’t help but spot a loving tribute to Prince Philip.

On Christmas Eve the Palace shared a photo of Her Majesty in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, where she is expected to spend Christmas – her first without her late husband, Prince Philip – and receive visitors Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on December 25.

While the Queen usually displays images of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during the speech on the table beside her, for the second year running she has decided to show just one photo of Prince Philip, who passed away in April, on her table.

This year the Queen sits next to a framed photo of herself and the late Duke of Edinburgh, to whom she was married for 73 years, taken in 2007 at Broadlands country house, Hampshire during their 60th wedding anniversary.

Photo credit: Victoria Jones - Getty Images
Photo credit: Victoria Jones - Getty Images

For the Christmas Day address the royal wears a red wool dress by Angela Kelly and a sapphire chrysanthemum brooch, which pays tribute to her late husband.

The royal first wore the platinum brooch, which she received in 1946 and features sapphires and diamonds, on her honeymoon in 1947.

She wore it again two years later for the unveiling of a memorial to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Queen’s annual Christmas Day speech will be broadcast to the UK on December 25 at 3pm.

The address comes days after it was announced she would spend Christmas at Windsor Castle and would be visited by her eldest son and his wife, after the Royal Family cancelled their plans to celebrate the festive period in Sandringham due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

On December 23 Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Archie and Lilibet released their first Christmas card photo as a family of four. The photo marked the first we’ve seen of Lili since her birth in June 2021.

It’s believed Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte will be spending Christmas either at Anmer Hall in Norfolk or their London residence, Kensington Palace.

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