Queen Elizabeth pays tribute to Prince Philip on Christmas show

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By Ivana Kottasová, Katharina Krebs, Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Max Foster, CNN

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to the late Prince Philip on her first Christmas TV show since the death of her 73-year-old husband.

The 95-year-old monarch said that while Christmas was “a time of great happiness and good humor for many,” it “can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones.”

“This year, above all, I understand why,” added the Queen.

The video message that aired on Saturday opened with an excerpt from the Queen’s 1997 speech for the Golden Wedding Anniversary with the Duke of Edinburgh. A photo of the couple marking their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 has been posted on a table in front of the Queen. In another nod to her husband, the monarch wore the same sapphire chrysanthemum brooch she was pictured with on her honeymoon with Philip in 1947.

The Queen said that since Prince Philip’s death she had taken great comfort in the warmth and affection of the many tributes to her life and work around the world.

“His sense of service, his intellectual curiosity and his ability to have fun in any situation were all overwhelming. That mischievous and questioning sparkle was as brilliant at the end as when I first saw it, ”the Queen added.

The Queen said that while the Royal Family misses Prince Philip, they know he would want them to have a celebration, adding that while Covid has once again put a strain on Christmas celebrations this year, it There are still many festive traditions that can be valuable such as singing Christmas carols, decorating the tree, exchanging gifts.

She added that the transmission of these traditions and values ​​from one generation to the next is a “source of great happiness”.

The Queen has canceled some of her Christmas plans this year because of Covid. She did not go to Sandringham for Christmas, as is tradition, and instead celebrated at Windsor Castle.

The palace has also canceled a pre-Christmas lunch that the monarch typically hosts for the extended family.

Surprising performances

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge surprised UK television audiences with a piano performance on a Christmas special which aired on television on Christmas Eve.

Kate took to the piano as part of a special Christmas community event she hosted at Westminster Abbey in central London earlier this month.

The evening of Christmas carols was led by the Duchess, who wished to organize “a celebration of life in our communities and illustrate how acts of kindness, empathy and love can nourish us and reconnect us”.

In a recorded message introducing the event, Kate said she wanted to thank those who went above and beyond to support their communities during the pandemic, celebrate the acts of kindness that have been seen across the country and recognize others who may have struggled to overcome the past two years.

In the order of service, she referred to the end of “another extraordinary year” and the “previously unimaginable challenges” of the past 18 months.

Participants in the December 8 event have been described as ‘the unsung heroes’ selected from community networks, charities and sponsorships of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge.

A recording of the event, “Royal Carols: Together At Christmas” aired on UK network ITV on Christmas Eve and included previously unreleased footage of the Duchess playing the piano.

Viewers knew the show would feature a sprinkling of celebrity appearances, with musical performances by singers Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, and readings given by British Paralympic athlete Kim Daybell and “Harry Potter” star Tom Felton. , but Kate’s performance came as a surprise.

The Duchess was shown in the Chapter House inside Westminster Abbey alongside Tom Walker playing ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’.

Members of the Windsor Clan attended the festivities to offer their support for the Duchess’s big night, including Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice, Countess of Wessex, as well as Zara and Mike Tindall.

Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, as well as her siblings, James and Pippa, also made a rare public appearance.

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