The Queen will bring a particularly personal Christmas message, surrounded by memories of her beloved late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, warm decorations from children and the sound of a choir.
This is the first festive period of the 95-year-old monarch without Philip, who died in April at the age of 99.
The coronavirus restrictions at the time meant the Queen was forced to sit alone in St. George’s Chapel for his memorial service.
The message shows the Queen with a chrysanthemum brooch she wore on her honeymoon at the Broadlands, Hampshire country house in 1947, and she is seated next to a framed picture of her and Philip.
It was recorded in the same location in 2007 on the occasion of their diamond wedding anniversary.
A photo released by Buckingham Palace ahead of her televised address to the nation shows the Queen in an embossed Christmas red wool shift dress by British designer Angela Kelly, sitting behind a desk in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
The queen also wore the platinum sapphire and diamond brooch in a photo on the couple’s 73rd wedding anniversary last year.
She is sitting in front of a lighted Christmas tree decorated with more than 100 white and gold stars specially made by the children and staff at the Royal School in Windsor.
The children were eventually allowed to take the stars home as a gift for their parents and caregivers when they were brought back to school after the message was taped. They were hung on students’ Christmas trees until the end of the school year.
Those who tune in to the Queen’s message will hear a Christmas carol from the Singology Community Choir, a group of singers who come from all over London to share their passion for music. The choir was filmed at St. George’s Hall in Windsor.
Spectators will hear the national anthem played by the Central Band of the Royal British Legion to mark the organization’s 100th anniversary.
Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen has agreed to hold a thanksgiving service for the Duke’s life next spring, with the date and guest list yet to be set.
The Queen is expected to be escorted to Windsor Castle by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on Christmas Day after halting their usual trip to Sandringham as a “precaution” amid rising coronavirus cases.
The Sun reported that it will join a total of 20 family members, including the Duke of York and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex, and five of their great-grandchildren.
Charles, Camilla, the Wessexes and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend a morning service at St.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas in Norfolk and will be accompanied by some members of the Middleton family.
With the annual address of the monarch, a year full of joy and great sadness comes to an end.
The Queen welcomed four new great-grandchildren into the family – August for Princess Eugenie, Lucas for Zara Tindall, Lilibet for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Sienna for Princess Beatrice.
Harry and Meghan publicly released the first photo of Lilibet on Thursday, showing the baby smiling as her mother held her up in the couple’s “family vacation” e-card.
The photo, taken at the couple’s Santa Barbara home by Alexi Lubomirski, also shows the queen’s grandson smiling at his daughter while son Archie, two, sits on his father’s knee.
But there was also a scandal this year after Harry and Meghan did a bombshell interview with US chat show titan Oprah Winfrey, in which they accused an undisclosed royal racism and other allegations against the institution.
The royals also faced allegations from Virginia Giuffre, who took legal action against the Duke of York for allegedly sexually abusing her as a teenager. Andrew has repeatedly denied all claims.
And the monarch was struggling with health problems of her own this year when she was hospitalized overnight for preliminary examinations in October and her doctors ordered her to rest.
The Queen used her 2020 Christmas program to deliver a heartfelt message of hope to the country and to praise the “indomitable spirit” of those who “excellently” faced the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen’s address to the nation will be broadcast on multiple channels at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day.