Queen Elizabeth encourages ‘respect’ and ‘greater understanding’ in Christmas message
24th December 2018

Her Majesty is going all in on peace, love and understanding in her annual Christmas message.

Buckingham Palace has released a few teasers for Queen Elizabeth II’s pre-taped holiday speech to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, which will be broadcast Dec. 25. The queen has delivered the address since 1952.

She’ll reflect on the important of treating others with consideration, the palace announced. “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding,” the queen will say.

An accompanying photo taken in the White Drawing Room shows the 92-year-old monarch dressed in her holiday finery, wearing an Angela Kelly ivory silk cocktail dress with an overlay of pale blue, white and gold lace, with a triple strand of pearls around her neck. The gold, ruby and diamond Scarab brooch pinned to her bodice was given to her by Prince Philip in 1966.

Next to her on the desk is a framed black-and-white photo of the family in 1948, when Prince Charles was a baby. An enormous Christmas tree, trimmed in creams and golds, twinkles in the background.

The annual speech is significant because it is her own words, the only public address she ever makes that isn’t written or edited by the government.

She has plenty to talk about: In the last year, the royal family has gained a new high-profile member in Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry’s wife, and the couple are expecting their first child in the spring. Another grandchild, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank in October. And the queen also welcomed two great-grandchildren: Lena Elizabeth, daughter of Zara Tindall, and Prince Louis, son of Prince William and Duchess Kate, who is fifth in line to the throne.

Her speech will also reference “the places from which she draws strength and encouragement,” the palace says, noting the queen will mention “faith, family and friendship” as “not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.”

“I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date,” she’ll say of the birth of Jesus. “It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”

Contributing: Maria Puente

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