Although Queen Elizabeth gave her annual Christmas address, the absence of the late Prince Philip could be felt throughout her heartfelt speech. Prince Philip passed away earlier this year at the age of 99.
Queen Elizabeth lamented the “one familiar laugh missing this year” although she admitted, “But life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings, and as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas.”
“We felt his presence as we, like millions around the world, readied ourselves for Christmas,” she continued. “While COVID again means we can’t celebrate quite as we may have wished, we can still enjoy the many happy traditions.”
What Did Americans Think Of Queen Elizabeth’s Speech?
Even in the United States, many Americans tuned in to watch the Queen’s nine-minute annual broadcast.
“As an American, I found the speech both touching and inspiring,” one wrote. “Merry Christmas to all and we can hope for a happier new year.”
“Your Majesty, this may only be my second time listening to your speech, as someone living in America without access to television, but I believe this is the most beautiful and heartfelt speech from you I have heard yet,” commented another. “You spoke beautifully of Prince Philip and the words you spoke about Christmas being a time that speaks to the child in every adult really touched my heart.”
“God save the Queen,” another wrote. “My prayers are always with her Majesty. Merry Christmas from Texas.”
“I’m not British but it’s always a great pleasure to listen to her Majesty’s Christmas speech,” another wrote.
Another called it “a marvelous speech, instilling hope, faith, and calm.”
“I’m crying for the Queen here in America,” another wrote. “The tears came as soon as Her Majesty said ‘her beloved Philip.’ God bless. He is certainly smiling down on her. He is her guardian angel in heaven just as he was here on earth.”
What Did The International Community Think Of The Queen’s Speech?
People from around the world took the time to comment on Queen Elizabeth’s speech, with some calling it “the Queen’s best Christmas speech ever.”
“This is so sweet,” another shared. This woman talks about her deceased husband as any normal person would do. As a French citizen, I feel very moved…”
“Queen Elizabeth always does inspirational and heartwarming speeches,” another wrote. “Being German, I look forward to them every year.”
“One of the Queen’s best Christmas speech ever,” another wrote. “God save the Queen, indeed.”
“Beautiful speech from the Queen,” said another. “My heart hurts to see this strong unbelievable woman so fragile. The Queen has had a very tough year but by the help and understanding of her family, she will bounce back. May God protect her and all the Royals so that she may continue to protect her people. The British people are very lucky indeed️.”
“Very moving,” another wrote. “A lot of respect and admiration for your courageous, intelligent Queen. Wish everybody had the same ethics.”
“The most personal and touching message I’ve heard,” another wrote. “A bereaved woman talking about her beloved husband just like any normal person would do. I was very moved…. God Save the Queen!”
“Very touching speech,” wrote another. “I am always humbled by this lady’s very real faith which informs every aspect of her life. She is quite simply a phenomenally good person.”
The full broadcast can be seen below.