Queen Elizabeth Addresses 'Bumpy' Path in Annual Christmas Broadcast

December 24, 2019

Queen Elizabeth has prepared her annual Christmas speech, and this one alludes to a rocky year for the royals.

In her annual speech, which is typically filled with reasons to celebrate the holiday and words of reflection, she addressed a “bumpy” year, saying that at times, things have not always been so easy for the family, People reports.

“The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy,” the 93-year-old monarch said. In her speech, the Queen also addressed the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Viewers couldn’t help but notice the absence of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s photo from the Queen’s display in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Among the visible family photos were Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a family portrait of Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their kids, and a photo of Prince Philip from the Queen’s personal collection.

Tuning in to the Queen’s Christmas Day speech is a holiday tradition for many homes around the world.

Earlier this month, the royal family shared a clip from the Queen’s first televised Christmas address in 1957. It was broadcasted live from the Long Library at Sandringham, Norfolk. “I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct,” the young Queen says.

In another post, the royal family revealed that “planning for the Christmas Broadcast begins months in advance, when The Queen decides on the themes she wishes to address.”

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