Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas speech to focus on ‘bumpy’ 2019

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The Queen will talk about 2019 being a “bumpy” year and the importance of reconciliation in her annual Christmas message, in what will be seen as a nod to political and personal turmoil of the past 12 months.

SkyNews reports that in what can be interpreted as a reflection on the Brexit deadlock and also dramas for her own family, she will talk about the importance of working together to put difficulties behind us.

BBC also reports how the speech comes after a year of intense political debate over Brexit, as well as a number of personal events affecting the Royal Family.

Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, is spending a fourth night in a London hospital after being admitted in relation to a “pre-existing condition”.

Buckingham Palace said the duke had gone to the King Edward VII hospital on his doctor’s advice for “observation and treatment”.

…small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding….

She refers to the life of Jesus and the importance of reconciliation, saying “small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding”.

“The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.”

The Queen, 93, recorded her annual message, to be broadcast on BBC One at 15:00 GMT on Christmas Day, before Prince Philip was admitted to hospital.

Via Sky News / BBC