Queen: Commentator discusses placement of brooch
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The Queen is expected to pay a moving tribute to her “beloved” Prince Philip in her Christmas Day message while wearing a special sapphire brooch she first wore on her honeymoon in 1947 and again for her diamond wedding anniversary. On what will be her first festive season without her husband of 73 years, she has apparently recorded a “particularly personal” address to the nation.
Royal Insider reported on YouTube: “This year the Queen chose to honour her late husband in this year’s Christmas speech through deeply moving details.
“It seems that Prince Philip was not far from her mind or heart when Queen Elizabeth sat down to record her festive message to the nation for 2021.
“In a new photograph shared by Buckingham Palace ahead of the Christmas Day broadcast, the Queen sits behind a desk in the white drawing room at Windsor Castle.
“Typically the 95-year-old displays multiple pictures of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for her speech, but this time the desk features just a single frame photograph of her and Prince Philip on proud display in a tender reminder of her husband of 73 years, whom she famously described as her strength and stay.
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“The photograph is particularly poignant as this festive season marks the first for the Queen following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.
“The heartwarming image was captured within the grounds of Broadshire, Hampshire to mark the couple’s diamond wedding anniversary in 2007.
“The home of Philips’s uncle Lord Mountbatten, Broadlands, was where the two spent their honeymoon as newlyweds in November 1947.”
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were married for 73 years before he died in April this year.
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The report continued: “This special photo was not the only nod to her husband in this year’s address with a queen choosing to wear a sapphire chrysanthemum brooch that holds sentimental value to Her Majesty.
“The stunning brooch was first during the couple’s honeymoon and then again during the diamond wedding anniversary photos.
“In the new image from her Christmas Day speech the queen is seen wearing the same brooch pin to a red embossed double shift dress.
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“She finished the look with a set of pearls which complimented both the brooch and the dress by her official dressmaker and assistant Angela Kelly.”
The Queen’s speech will be broadcast at 3pm on both BBC1 and ITV on Christmas Day.
Her Majesty will spend the day at Windsor Castle with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Edward and Prince Andrew will also likely pay a visit to their mother due to living nearby.
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