Yesterday Queen Elizabeth‘s annual Christmas broadcast aired, a tradition that began with her grandfather, George V in 1932. Every year since 1952, Her Majesty’s message airs at 3 pm and this year she spoke fondly of Prince William and Catherine’s wedding, as well as tragedies that struck the Commonwealth realms.
Wearing a red dress by her personal assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly, Her Majesty talked about her and Prince Philip‘s trip to Australia. “When Prince Philip and I visited Australia this year we saw for ourselves the effects of natural disaster in some of the areas devastated by floods, where in January so many people lost their lives and their livelihoods,” the Queen said. “We were moved by the way families and local communities held together to support each other.”
The Queen also reflected on her successful trip to Ireland, which symbolized a rebuilding of a relationship rife with tragedy. “The spirit of friendship so evident in both these nations can fill us all with hope,” the Queen said. “Relationships that years ago were once so strained have through sorrow and forgiveness blossomed into long term friendship. It is through this lens of history that we should view the conflicts of today, and so give us hope for tomorrow.”
And of course, the Queen was elated to witness both William and Zara Phillips‘ weddings, the latter which took place in Edinburgh. “The importance of family has, of course, come home to Prince Philip and me personally this year with the marriages of two of our grandchildren, each in their own way a celebration of the God-given love that binds a family together.”