The Queen's Speech 2021: Watch in full
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In her strikingly personal annual address, the Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip after his death in April. However, after months of reports of ill health for the monarch, social media users have noted Her Majesty seems ”thin”.
Speaking from Windsor Castle, with a picture of the Duke of Edinburgh on her desk, the Queen said: “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.
“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.
“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible.
“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.”
However, after the Queen’s speech, Twitter users have said they are worried about the monarch’s health.
User @strutcakes said: “Think that’s the first time I’ve watched the Queen on Christmas Day and thought f*** she looks thin and frail.
“I know she’s 95 but quite a difference.”
Another user Andrew Roberts added: “Is it me, or is the Queen looking exceptionally frail now?”
Chris Barrett-Molloy echoed other users and said: “The Queen is almost 96 and, for the first time, she actually is beginning to look old and frail here.”
Others praised the monarch’s tribute to Philip and mentions of grief.
Pádraig Belton, BBC journalist, said: “A Queen’s Speech which will have touched all who have lost partners and parents, who will have ‘one familiar laugh missing this year’. Me among them.”
User Celia Chandler added: “Never felt I had much in common with the Queen but this morning’s message about being a widow and the legacy of Philip has changed that a bit.”
On October 20, Buckingham Palace announced the monarch was to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland.
Her medical team had advised against the visit for undisclosed reasons.
It later emerged Her Majesty was taken to hospital on that same day to carry out “preliminary tests”, the results of which were not shared.
The Palace later announced last minute she could no longer attend the National Service of Remembrance.
Buckingham Palace confirmed she was suffering from a sprained back.
While on a royal visit to Jordan, Prince Charles shared his mother was “alright” when asked about the Queen’s health.
He said: “She’s alright, thank you very much.
“Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. It’s bad enough at 73.”
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