The Queen Included a Romantic Gesture to Prince Philip in Her Christmas Speech

  • Earlier this week, people in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth (and others around the world) sat down to watch the Queen's annual Christmas broadcast. (opens in new tab)
  • As usual, the Queen's speech was exactly what the world needed, which in 2020 amid a global pandemic meant comforting, steadying, and inspiring.
  • The Queen included a sweet nod to her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip (opens in new tab), in her broadcast. She had a framed photo of Philip from her private collection placed visibly next to her on her desk for the speech.

Every year, the Queen delivers her annual Christmas speech (opens in new tab). This year, however, the world really needed her wisdom. The speech was everything we hoped it would be—steadying, comforting, and, of course, inspiring.

While the words Queen Elizabeth II (opens in new tab) spoke during her broadcast were aimed at the people of the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth (and, honestly, the whole world), the Queen made sure to include a special nod to one of the people closest to her own heart—her husband of more than 70 years (opens in new tab) (which is just !!! on its own) Prince Philip (opens in new tab).

The Queen (opens in new tab) sat at her desk in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle (opens in new tab) to record the speech. On her desk, sat a framed photo of Philip, which, according to Hello  (opens in new tab)magazine (opens in new tab), came directly from the Queen's private collection.

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The Queen wore a gorgeous purple Angela Kelly dress and a brooch that belonged to the Queen Mother that was designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomson and made in 1919.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.