Queen Elizabeth II shared in her Christmas message the pain she felt after the death of her husband, while encouraging everyone to celebrate with family and friends, despite the afflictions caused by the pandemic.
Saying that she understood the difficulties of spending Christmas “with an absent family laugh,” the monarch delivered her message alongside a framed photograph of her with prince philip, who passed away in April at the age of 99.
“Although it is a time of great happiness and joy for many, it can be hard for those who have lost loved ones,” said the queen in her prerecorded message as many families enjoyed their Christmas dinners. “This year especially, I understand why.”
The holiday season is the first since the monarch said goodbye to her husband of more than 70 years at a service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The coronavirus restrictions in place at the time meant that the queen sat alone – in a reminder of how her life would go forward.
Despite her own grief, the queen asserted that her family was “a source of great happiness,” noting that she had received four great-grandchildren so far in 2021.
“Although COVID again means that we can’t celebrate everything we wish we couldWe can still enjoy many happy traditions, such as singing Christmas carols – as long as the song is well known – decorating the tree, giving and receiving gifts or watching a favorite movie whose ending we know, “he said.
As the omicron variant spread rapidly in the UK, the 95-year-old monarch decided not to spend Christmas at Sandringham, the royal estate in eastern England where she usually celebrates the holidays with her family.