Queen set to give 'very tough broadcast' with Christmas message this year

The Queen, 95, addresses the nation with a special message at Christmas as she reflects on the year. The speech touches on major events from the year with a specific focus on the British Empire. NBC royal correspondent Neil Sean has claimed the Queen will discuss the life of Prince Philip who died April 9.

He said: “Her Majesty the Queen will focus on the loss earlier this year of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Naturally it affected the nation but it could not have affected anyone more than the Queen.

“We’ve seen in recent months she does appear to have lost some weight and of course is using a small stick for comfort.

“The broadcast is going to focus on the good work that he did and of course how he became the grandfather to the nation.

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“What is also nice to know is she will look back on his life, not just his royal life but his working life prior to entering the Royal Family in the late 1940s.

“For Her Majesty the Queen that will become a very tough broadcast given that time of year it almost makes it even harder to remember loved ones you hope to be with.”

His claims come as the Queen’s suggestion that she is irritated by a lack of action in tackling climate change is a “common sense” response reflecting the views of many, royal commentators have said.

She appeared to express her exasperation just a few weeks before world leaders gather in Glasgow for the Cop26 UN climate change conference.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said the Queen’s view is not “controversial” and echoes the frustration of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, while royal historian Hugo Vickers said her comments would have been supported by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Charles and William have given interviews this week highlighting a need for action to combat the environmental threat the planet faces, and will join the Queen at Cop26 for a series of royal events.

The Queen’s remarks emerged in clips of a conversation filmed on a smart phone during a reception following the opening of the Welsh Senedd on Thursday.

It is rare for the Queen’s thoughts on a political topic to be made public and her comment was made during an unguarded moment when she chatted with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the Welsh Parliament’s Presiding Officer.


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In the footage, the Queen reportedly says: “Extraordinary isn’t it… I’ve been hearing all about Cop… still don’t know who is coming… no idea.”

She adds: “We only know about people who are not coming… and it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will attend Cop26, but in a blow to hopes for what could be achieved, China’s president Xi Jinping will not attend, according to The Times newspaper.

Ms Junor said of the Queen’s comments: “I think what she’s said is really not controversial at all, it’s what most people are thinking.

“Charles has been banging his head against a brick wall on this for years, William is out there banging his head and I think it’s absolutely fair enough that she should say what she feels.”

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