The Queen will talk about how “peace on earth and goodwill” is “needed as much as ever” during her Christmas message this year.
With Parliament and the United Kingdom divided over Brexit, her words couldn’t be more apt.
Although Her Majesty, 92, is politically neutral and never expresses her views on issues, it seems all the more fitting that she calls for unity at this time.
The Queen will say: “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”
Speaking about the birth of Jesus and the Christmas story, she will place emphasis on that theme, adding: “I believe his message of peace on Earth and goodwill to all is never out of date.
“It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”
In her speech, recorded in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will also refer to the places from which she draws strength and encouragement: “….through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.”
It has been an eventful year for the Royal Family and highlights include the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child Prince Louis and the marriages of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
Her Majesty will also welcome her eighth great-grandchild when Meghan and Harry’s baby is born in spring 2019.
The Queen, wearing an ivory silk cocktail dress by Angela Kelly for her Christmas message, also appeared to pay tribute to her eldest son and heir Prince Charles.
Placed on the desk beside her is a black and white photograph of the then Princess Elizabeth with the Duke of Edinburgh and a six-month-old Prince Charles, taken in 1949.
Charles celebrated his 70th birthday last month and next year will mark 50 years since his investiture as the Prince of Wales.
Her Majesty also wore the Scarab brooch, a gift from the Duke of Edinburgh in 1966. Designed by Andrew Grima, it is crafted of yellow gold, with carved ruby with diamond embellishments. Prince Philip retired from public duties last year and but was present for Prince Harry and Eugenie’s weddings this year.
The Queen and Philip also celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last month.
The couple will celebrate Christmas at Sandringham with immediate members of their family, thought to include the Cambridges and the Sussexes.
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