- The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message expected to be a touching on this year as it will be the first without the late Prince Philip
- The Buckingham Palace released a phot of the queen a day before the broadcast of the message at Windsor Castle
- Other media reports confirmed that a special thanksgiving service would be held in honour of Prince Philip in spring
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Following Prince Philip’s unfortunate death this year, Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message is expected to be a personal and emotional one as this will be her first Christmas without him since they married.
It's expected that she will deliver a tribute to her late husband and best friend and followers of the Royal Family are keen to hear what she has to say.
The Independent UK reported that a photograph released by Buckingham Palace ahead of her televised address to the nation shows the Queen sitting behind a desk in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, accompanied by a single, framed picture of the Queen and her late husband.
The Daily Mail confirmed that Buckingham Palace also announced that a service of thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh will take place at Westminster Abbey in the spring.
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“Sources said they 'fully expected' Harry and Meghan to be invited to the service, alongside the rest of the Royal Family. Many see it as a good way to 'break the ice' between the couple and their estranged relatives following their acrimonious departure from the UK and royal life,” The Daily Mail said.
This emerged after as the Sussexes released the first photo of their baby daughter Lilibet.
Prince Philip: His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh Dies Aged 99
Briefly News previously reported on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99. He had been the Queen's partner and source of strength for 73 years.
Philip had been in and out of the hospital with health complications and his health was reported to have been deteriorating for a period of time. He also took a hiatus from public functions despite his gregarious and ever-stable nature.
In the UK, flags on public and landmark buildings have been lowered to half-mast as a sign of honour and respect to the fallen royal leader.
Source: Briefly News