HM The Queen delivers her annual Christmas message. It opens with an adorable rendition of “God Save the Queen”. Her Majesty acknowledges the newest technology and how it has changed over time, referencing her very first Christmas address 60 years ago this year. The Queen paid tribute to her husband – she and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated 70 years of marriage in November. The term ‘platinum’ wasn’t around for a birthday or anniversary “when I was born”, said the Queen. “You weren’t expected to be around that long,” she cracked.
The Queen also pays tribute to those hurt or killed by tragedy this year, whether by terror, fire, or natural elements.
The Queen also mentioned how she looks forward to the arrival of new people in the family next year – one of which is the new baby for the Cambridges; the other, Miss Meghan Markle, who will marry Prince Harry in May of next year.
Crowds were thrilled to see Meghan join the royal family for the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham. She walked with her fiance, Prince Harry, and her future brother- and sister-in-law, the Cambridges (behind her in the image are Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, and Lady Louise Windsor as they wait to curtsey to the Queen).