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The Queen’s Christmas Message tomorrow is expected to be a very personal message this year, in her first Christmas since the death of her husband Prince Philip.

The annual broadcast was recorded last week, before the Queen's decision to stay in Windsor Castle because of concerns about the pandemic. 

The Queen is not expected to make any public appearances on Christmas Day. 

The traditional Christmas Day message, to be screened at 15:00 tomorrow, is an address to the nation and to the Commonwealth, reflecting on the passing year. 

For the Queen, it is the end of the year in which Prince Philip died, after a marriage of 73 years together. 

In the broadcast she speaks beside a framed photograph of the couple taken during their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 - and she is wearing the same sapphire brooch that appears in the photograph. 

It is the same brooch, with a chrysanthemum design, that she wore on honeymoon in 1947.

24 December 2021                                            Back to the headlines

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