Queen misses Prince Philip, emotional Christmas message leaves Internet with bleeding heart
Queen Elizabeth mentioned Duke of Edinburgh's 'mischievous twinkle' and said a 'familiar laugh' was missing from the celebrations this year
As is tradition every year, Queen Elizabeth delivered the Royal Christmas message at 3 pm. This was said to be the most emotionally-charged message ever and HMTQ paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and her "beloved" husband Prince Philip who passed in April aged 99. They were married for 73 years and the monarch expressed that there was "one familiar laugh missing" in the festivities.
The Queen for the first time spoke extensively about Prince Philip. She also honored his absence by wearing the deeply symbolic sapphire brooch she wore on her honeymoon in 1947 and for her 60th wedding anniversary in 2007. It was the first time that a British monarch was celebrating a diamond anniversary with her consort. The Queen is known to don specific brooches at certain events. She was wearing the Richmond brooch while attending Philips' funeral on April 17. She was pictured sporting it at the 2018 Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall that she attended to honor all those who lost their lives in wars and conflicts and marked 100 years since World War I ended. Her grandmother, Queen Mary gifted her the brooch that was made in 1893. In May this year, Elizabeth wore a Scarab brooch gifted to her by Philip in 1996, while visiting a new aircraft carrier named in her honor.
Queen Elizabeth laments the loss of lives in 2021 including her husband's
Sitting in the White Drawing Room in Windsor Castle, the Queen spoke about a couple of family members and also missed out on mentioning a few others, precisely Harry, Meghan, and Andrew all of whom have stepped down from royal duties. She spoke about her eldest son Charles and his wife Camilla, and praised William and Kate for their climate activism. A passing mention was made to Lilibet Diana along with three great-grandchildren born this year. "Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year, especially, I understand why."
She continued, "But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world. His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation were all irrepressible."
Internet users came out in support of the Queen after she delivered the message. "Oh my!! How she aged so quickly. She misses her beloved Philip so much. God Save the Queen," read a tweet. "I felt so sorry for The Queen as she misses Prince Philip so much. He did so much that we knew nothing of. Her speech, so sad & personal yet uplifting, wise & hopeful. Look through the eyes of children I would rather listen 2 Our Queen than ANY of our awful politicians," wrote another. "God save the Queen," tweeted a third. "Hit the right tone as usual, and the right mix of looking both back and forward. She clearly misses Philip very much as one would after being married for so long. God bless her, long live the Queen," a fourth tweeted. "The Queen’s speech was lovely. You can see how much she misses Prince Philip, but that is understandable," a fifth wrote. Read the rest of the transcript below.
Oh my!! How she aged so quickly. She misses her beloved Philip so much. God Save the Queen.— She_SaidWhat? (@SheSaidWhat76) December 25, 2021
I felt so sorry for The Queen as she misses Prince Philip so much. He did so much that we knew nothing of. Her speech, so sad & personal yet uplifting, wise & hopeful. Look through the eyes of children— Tinks (@TMollop) December 25, 2021
I would rather listen 2 Our Queen than ANY of our awful politicians. https://t.co/7i3Nuh17Ve
The Queen says she misses 'beloved' Philip in emotional Xmas message— JoyceSiragusa (@SiragusaJoyce) December 25, 2021
God save the Queen… https://t.co/1FjirBqJ40
Hit the right tone as usual, and the right mix of looking both back and forward. She clearly misses Philip very much as one would after being married for so long. God bless her, long live the Queen— Giles Bee (@Giles_Bee) December 25, 2021
The Queen’s speech was lovely. You can see how much she misses Prince Philip, but that is understandable.— Angela coulter (@Angelacoulter20) December 25, 2021
"But 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. We felt his presence as we, like millions around the world, readied ourselves for Christmas. While Covid again means we can’t celebrate quite as we may have wished, we can still enjoy the many happy traditions. Be it the singing of carols – as long as the tune is well known – decorating the tree, giving and receiving presents, or watching a favourite film where we already know the ending, it’s no surprise that families so often treasure their Christmas routines.
"We see our own children and their families embrace the roles, traditions and values that mean so much to us, as these are passed from one generation to the next, sometimes being updated for changing times. I see it in my own family and it is a source of great happiness.
Prince Philip was always mindful of this sense of passing the baton. That’s why he created The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which offers young people throughout the Commonwealth and beyond the chance of exploration and adventure. It remains an astonishing success, grounded in his faith in the future.
"He was also an early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment, and I am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the COP climate change summit in Glasgow. Next summer, we look forward to the Commonwealth Games. The baton is currently travelling the length and breadth of the Commonwealth, heading towards Birmingham, a beacon of hope on its journey. It will be a chance to celebrate the achievements of athletes and the coming-together of like-minded nations.
"And February, just six weeks from now, will see the start of my Platinum Jubilee year, which I hope will be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness, a chance to give thanks for the enormous changes of the last 70 years – social, scientific and cultural – and also to look ahead with confidence. I am sure someone somewhere today will remark that Christmas is a time for children. It’s an engaging truth, but only half the story. Perhaps it’s truer to say that Christmas can speak to the child within us all. Adults, when weighed down with worries, sometimes fail to see the joy in simple things, where children do not.
"And for me and my family, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce, and see anew the wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year. They teach us all a lesson – just as the Christmas story does – that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with endless potential. It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing, simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of Jesus – a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith. His birth marked a new beginning. As the carol says: ‘The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.’ I wish you all a very happy Christmas."