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Queen Elizabeth's 2021 Christmas message was shown all over the world

As is Royal tradition, Queen Elizabeth recorded a speech from the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle to mark Christmas Day and the turn of the new year.

This year's speech was tinged with a hint of sadness as it was the first without the late Prince Philip, who passed away earlier in the year.

Her annual Christmas broadcast started with an excerpt of a speech she gave in 1997 at Banqueting House which honored her Golden Wedding Anniversary with Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth started her speech buy laying out a photo of her and Prince Philip, taken from their 2007 wedding anniversary.

She said "Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones, this year, especially, I understand why."

Queen Elizabeth discussed how she took solace in the amount of tributes and well wishes she received following Philip's death, as well as paying tribute to his personality in life.

She said "His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible, that mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him."

Queen Elizabeth also acknowledged the difficulties being faced all over the world when it comes to the ongoing pandemic. She said "While COVID again means we can’t celebrate quite as we may have wished, we can still enjoy the many happy traditions."

She also looked ahead to the Commonwealth Games and mentioned that she hoped they would be a chance to show unity and pride. She said the games "will be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness; a chance to give thanks for the enormous changes of the last 70 years – social, scientific and cultural – and also to look ahead with confidence."

Have a look at the full speech below.