Special wishes for the end of a particular year. This Friday, December 25, as for every Christmas, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the British in a poignant speech broadcast on television. And as with each of his speeches, his environment was scrutinized. For this one, shot at Windsor Castle where she spent Christmas for the first time in many years, Elizabeth II had made a strong choice and had cleaned up her desk. In 2020, Her Majesty chose to only let appear a symbolic snapshot next to her: a photo of her husband, Prince Philip. A tender attention, which contrasts considerably with the decoration of the office of Elizabeth II during the 2019 end-of-year celebrations. A year ago, in fact, the 94-year-old monarch gave her Christmas address installed next to four very symbolic photo frames.
There was then a photo of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, a snapshot of the entire Cambridge, a snapshot of her father, King George VI, addressing the nation, and finally, a tribute to her husband, the Prince Philip. And at the time, the absence of a photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was controversial across the Channel, where the Megxit had not yet been announced. To avoid unnecessary disbelief this year, Elizabeth II therefore preferred to opt for a very refined decoration. But this is not the first time that Her Majesty has opted for a limited choice of pictures. In 2016 already, she had chosen only a large portrait of Prince Philip, placed on a table next to her as well as a photo of her with Prince Charles on his desk. And in 2010, Queen Elizabeth II chose not to have a portrait around her. For her 2020 wishes, she returned at length to the coronavirus pandemic.
Elizabeth II: a poignant speech
“You are not alone, and let me assure you that you are in my thoughts and my prayers, launched His Majesty, addressing the British, confined for the holiday season. (…) Surprisingly, this year of people having to distance themselves has in many ways brought us closer to each other. My family and I have been inspired by the stories of those who have volunteered in their communities, in order to help those in need. ” Much moved, Elizabeth II continued: “In the UK people have risen up magnificently to face the challenges of the past year, and I am so proud and moved by their quiet and indomitable spirit. I especially thank the young people for the role they played in this struggle “. After warmly thanking the caregivers and all those who have been mobilized for months against the Covid-19, she wanted to evoke a more serene future: “We continue to be inspired by the kindness of foreigners and take comfort in the idea that even on the darkest nights there is hope for a new dawn. “
Elizabeth II ©