The Queen has paid tribute to her husband in her first annual Christmas message since his death.

“Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year especially I understand why,” she said in a personal message.

She described Prince Philip as her “beloved” and said she felt his presence over the festive period.

The Queen’s comments about loss come against the background of another year of the pandemic.

Speaking beside a photograph of them together, the Queen paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh, her “irrepressible” husband of 73 years.

The Queen and Prince Philip on honeymoon, with the same sapphire brooch in view
“That mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him,” she said.

“But the life of course consists of final partings as well as first meetings.

“And as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas,” said the Queen, remembering his “capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation”.

The framed photograph in view during the broadcast was taken during their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 – and the Queen was wearing the same sapphire brooch that appears in the photograph.

She also wore the same brooch, in the form of chrysanthemum, on her honeymoon in 1947.

This week Buckingham Palace announced plans for a service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, to be held at Westminster Abbey in the spring.

The Queen’s Christmas message felt more personal than expected.

It was really quite touching and a departure from the normal Christmas broadcast, which is typically a reflection of the year.

This broadcast was very personal and one got an impression of the keen sense of loss that she clearly feels for the man who was her husband for 73 years.

There’s very little mention of Covid, just a passing reference that it has once again disrupted Christmas plans – including the Queen’s.

She had planned to go to Sandringham, her Norfolk estate, but she has stayed at Windsor and been joined by six members of her family today, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

This Christmas broadcast is the first time we’ve had a chance to see the Queen face to face – nine weeks after she canceled her trip to Northern Ireland for health reasons.

Next year will be significant for the Queen and for the monarchy, because it will be her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she acceded to the throne in February 1952.

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