Missing her particular person. Queen Elizabeth II had a considerably melancholy Christmas whereas celebrating the vacation for the primary time in additional than 70 years with out Prince Philip.
“Christmas was a bit of a struggle for the queen without Prince Philip by her side,” a supply solely tells Us Weekly. “And not being able to spend it with her whole family [didn’t help].”
The 95-year-old Monarch rang within the vacation season with out Philip, who handed away in April on the age of 99, and away from her prolonged household amid an increase in coronavirus circumstances within the U.Okay.
“She’s not one to wallow in self-pity and kept her chin up,” the insider says, noting that her grandson Prince William “liaised” with Prince Charles, who visited the queen on Christmas, and Princess Anne, who was isolating by the vacation, to prepare a bunch Zoom name with the monarch.
The digital celebration “brightened up her day,” the supply provides, explaining that the second additionally helped make William, 39, and Duchess Kate’s three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ vacation. They had been celebrating at their countryside house, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, England.
“Obviously, the Cambridges were disappointed not to be spending the day with the queen, but thanks to modern technology, they video called her first thing in the morning to wish her a Merry Christmas,” the insider tells Us. “And the kids excitedly told their great-grandmother about their gifts.”
Us beforehand reported that her majesty was set to fly from Windsor to Sandringham on Wednesday, December 22, however needed to change her plans amid the spike in COVID-19 circumstances.
The vacation change got here simply days after the queen canceled her annual Christmas social gathering, which was set for December 21.
“During that weekend, I know that the queen didn’t go to church at Windsor, which she normally would’ve done, just because she’s just trying to keep every everyone safe for Christmas day just in case things can go ahead,” royal knowledgeable Kerene Barefield solely advised Us on the time.
Despite being other than her kids — the Queen shared Charles, 73, Anne, 71, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward together with her late husband — and her grandchildren, Elizabeth nonetheless spoke to her countrymen in her annual Christmas handle.
“Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year, especially, I understand why,” she mentioned in her broadcast, which aired on Saturday, December 25. “But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work — from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world.”
The longest-reigning British monarch honored the Duke of Edinburgh together with her speech, her sapphire chrysanthemum brooch that she wore in the course of the couple’s 1947 honeymoon and a photograph from the pair’s seventieth wedding ceremony anniversary in 2007 on her desk.
“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible,” she mentioned of her late associate. “That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him. But life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings; and as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas.”
The queen concluded: “And for me and my family, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce, and see anew the wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year.”
With reporting by Natalie Posner
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