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The Queen’s touching tributes to Prince Philip in first Christmas message since his death

The Queen’s touching tributes to Prince Philip in first Christmas message since his death

The Queen marks the first Christmas without her husband, Prince Philip. In her traditional broadcasted message to the nation, the 95-year-old monarch is set to give a touching tributes in memory of her beloved late husband.

This year, Her Majesty will be surrounded by reminders of the Duke of Edinburgh and adorable decorations made by local children. Due to the restricted measures caused by the pandemic, the Queen was forced to sit alone in St George’s Chapel for his funeral service.

In the Christmas message, the Queen is seen wearing a chrysanthemum brooch that she wore during her honeymoon in 1947 at Broadlands country house, Hampshire, and she is sat next to a framed picture of her and Philip. It was taken at the same venue in 2007 to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

The Queen also wore the brooch, made from sapphires and diamonds set in platinum, in a photograph to mark the couple’s 73rd wedding anniversary last year.

As the Buckingham Palace announced, the Queen had agreed to stage a service of thanksgiving for the life of the duke next spring, with the date and guest list yet to be finalised, Mirror said.

The 95-year-old monarch is expected to be joined at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day by the eldest son Prince Charles and his wife, having shelved her customary trip to Sandringham as a “precautionary” measure amid rising omicron cases.