Sitting at a desk in the 18th Century Room inside Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty gave her annual Christmas broadcast, a tradition started by her grandfather, George V at the family’s Sandringham home in 1932.
Family portraits including Princess Charlotte’s christening and Prince Charles’ wedding photo are on display in the background as Her Majesty spoke of the year that has past, and what lies ahead.
“I am looking forward to a busy 2016, though I have been warned I may have Happy Birthday sung to me more than once or twice,” the Queen, who will turn 90 on April 21st, said.
LIfe’s hardships, including the loss of loved ones and war, were topics discussed in the Queen’s message, as was the importance of family.
“One of the joys of living a long life is watching one’s children, then grandchildren, then great-grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree,” the Queen said.
“And this year my family has a new member to join in the fun.”
The remark reminded me of the Queen’s 2013 message, in which footage from Prince George’s christening was shown.
“Here at home, my family is a little larger this Christmas,” the Queen said. “As so many of you will know, the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope.”
“For the new parents, life will never be quite the same again.”
“As with all who are christened, George was baptized into a joyful faith of christmas duty and service,” the Queen continued. “After the christening, we gathered for the traditional photograph. It was a happy occasion, bringing together four generations.”
According to The Court Jeweller, the Queen wore a diamond and aquamarine brooch that once belonged to her mother.
Her Majesty and Prince Philip usually stay at Sandringham through February 6th, the anniversary of her accession to the throne.
Happy New Year To All!