Queen Elizabeth II news: Monarch pays tribute to Philip in Christmas speech detail | Royal | News (Reports)

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The Monarch made her annual Christmas speech on Friday at 3pm as usual where she highlighted the most remarkable things about this year. In the emotional broadcast, she pointed out the hardships endured by many during the coronavirus pandemic and praised the heroes who helped make a difference during such an unprecedented time.

Usually, the Queen addresses the nation from her desk, which is thoroughly decorated with portraits of the Royal Family.

However, this year she highlighted one royal in specific by only placing his portrait on his desk.

Positioned next to her on the desk was a photograph of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years.

In the snap, the Duke of Edinburgh is seen wearing a light blue jacket and looking into the distance.

The sweet gesture comes after the royal couple were forced to spend Christmas Day at Windsor Castle instead of travelling to Sandringham as they do every year.

Coronavirus restrictions in place across the UK also prevented the Queen from celebrating with her family and paying tribute to her father, King George VI, who was the last royal to die on the estate.

The Queen has only had to change her Christmas celebration twice during her reign.

The first time was one year into her reign in 1953, when she and Philip were in Auckland, New Zealand, during their landmark Commonwealth tour.

They said: “Her Majesty the Queen will not attend church at Sandringham this morning. The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery.

“Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”

A royal expert told Express.co.uk that the Queen missed the small details about being at Sandringham most.

Penny Junor, author of Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage, said: “I am sure she will miss the dogs.

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