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Queen’s tributes to Philip, children’s decorations and choir to feature in Christmas Day message

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The Queen will deliver a particularly personal Christmas Day message this year, surrounded by reminders of her late husband, decorations made by school children and the sound of a choir.

It is the first Christmas address the 95-year-old monarch will make since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

In the message, the Queen can be seen wearing a chrysanthemum brooch that she wore during their honeymoon at Broadlands country house, Hampshire, in 1947.

The Queen records her annual Christmas address
Image: The Queen will make her annual Christmas address tomorrow

She is sat next to a framed photo of her and Philip, which was taken at the same venue in 2007 to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

A photograph released by Buckingham Palace ahead of her address to the nation shows the Queen sat in front of an illuminated Christmas tree decorated with more than 100 white and gold stars, which were made by the children and staff of The Royal School, Windsor.

The children got to take the stars home after the message was recorded.

The festive address will be accompanied by a Christmas carol sung by the Singology Community Choir, a group of singers from London, filmed in St George’s Hall, Windsor.

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The National Anthem will be played by The Central Band of the Royal British Legion in celebration of the organisation’s centenary.

The Queen is expected to be joined on Christmas Day at Windsor Castle by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, after she cancelled her customary trip to Sandringham as a “precautionary” measure amid rising coronavirus cases.

EMBARGOED TO 1600 GMT Friday December 24, 2021. For use only in connection with contemporaneous coverage of The Queen's 2021 Christmas broadcast. No further use without clearance from ITN. Handout picture of The Singology Community Choir recording a segment for The Queen's Christmas Broadcast inside St George's Hall in Windsor Castle.
Image: The Singology Community Choir recorded a segment for The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast inside St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle
EMBARGOED TO 1600 GMT Friday December 24, 2021. For use only in connection with contemporaneous coverage of The Queen's 2021 Christmas broadcast. No further use without clearance from ITN. Handout picture of The Central Band of the Royal British Legion recording a segment for The Queen's Christmas Broadcast in the grounds of Windsor Castle. Issue date: Friday December 24, 2021.
Image: The Central Band of the Royal British Legion recording a segment for Christmas message in the grounds of Windsor Castle

Last year, Her Majesty used her Christmas broadcast to deliver a message of hope.

She praised the “indomitable spirit” of those who had risen “magnificently” to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Queen’s address to the nation will be broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


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