The Queen delivered a emotional Christmas message today paying tribute to her late husband Prince Phillip
This was the first Christmas in 73 years without her husband Prince Phillip. In a deeply personal message, the monarch recalled his sense of fun but also said she was “proud beyond words” of his achievements.
The Queen said: “Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones,”
“In the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world.
“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible. That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him.”
Her Majesty added: “But life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings – and as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas. We felt his presence as we, like millions around the world, readied ourselves for Christmas.”