Queen Elizabeth Displayed Six Special Royal Family Photos During Her Christmas Broadcast

  • In her Christmas Day speech for 2018, Queen Elizabeth reflected on the year, and urged listeners to “respect” one another, and to attempt to overcome even the “most deeply held differences.”
  • Since 1957, the speech has been broadcast on television, and during last year’s broadcast, the Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the family.
  • This year, the Queen highlighted a number of family photos in her speech, many of which focused on key moments from the royal family’s busy year.

Every year, Queen Elizabeth delivers an impassioned Christmas message, addressing the events of the last 12 months. People notes that the Queen carefully selected several photos to display during her televised speech, which included royal family highlights from 2018.

As the Queen said in her speech, “It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies–and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied.”

Here, a look at the six special photos Queen Elizabeth had framed for display:

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s intimate black and white wedding photo.

Understandably, Queen Elizabeth has a framed photo of one of Harry and Meghan’s gorgeous wedding portraits on display:

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding

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Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Christmas card portrait.

Featuring three of her great-grandchildren—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—it’s unsurprising that the Queen would highlight this recent shot of the Cambridges:

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s bridal party.

2018 was a busy year for the royal family, with two royal weddings taking place. On October 12, the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, got married to her longtime love Jack Brooksbank, so it makes sense that one of their wedding pictures featured during the monarch’s annual speech:

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have today released official photographs from their Wedding Day. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were Page Boy and Bridesmaid respectively for the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Front row (left to right): Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Savannah Phillips; Miss Maud Windsor. Back row (left to right): Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Isla Phillips; Master Louis De Givenchy. Photo: Alex Bramall

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A vintage photo of a baby Prince Charles.

In honor of her son’s 70th birthday year, the Queen featured a portrait of Prince Charles at just six months old, with Prince Philip:

Queen Elizabeth Displayed Six Special Royal Family Photos During Her Christmas Broadcast

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One of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration portraits.

Prince Charles’ birthday portraits feature his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, his sons and their wives, and his adorable grandchildren:

Two new photographs of The Prince of Wales and his family have been released to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday.

The photos were taken by Chris Jackson in the garden of Clarence House. pic.twitter.com/A2LTJDTdvE

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A photo of her father, King George VI.

People notes that Queen Elizabeth completed the array of photos featured in her Christmas broadcast with a tribute to her late father, King George VI. Elizabeth, of course, became Queen when her father passed away in 1952.

Most importantly, in this year’s Christmas message, the Queen called for greater unity saying, “Through the many changes I have seen over the years—faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance. 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.”

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“Through the many changes I have seen over the years – faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance. 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.” — On Christmas Day visit @TheRoyalFamily to watch The Queen’s Christmas broadcast from 3pm GMT. 📷PA

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