By Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
In her Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain will pay tribute to Prince Philip, her husband and praise the Prince’s “support and unique sense of humour.”
The 96-year-old prince who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh has been at the side of the queen throughout her 65 years on the throne. He has regularly captured the headlines with his off-colour comments.
Over the summer, Prince Philip retired from regular royal duties. However, he has continued to make random appearances, most recently walking on the Sandringham estate of the royal family to attend the Christmas Eve church service.
The queen will also speak regarding the importance of home in her Christmas message, and the sense of community in Manchester and London after the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in the capital and the militant attacks that occurred in both cities.
According to excerpts from her speech that were released by Buckingham Palace, the queen will say: “We think of our homes as place of warmth, familiarity and love … there is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home.”
“This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks.”
The message will be broadcasted at 1500 GMT.
Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in the world. She very seldom talks about her husband.
On their golden wedding anniversary that was celebrated in 1997, she said that the prince did not take easily to compliments. However, he had been her “strength and stay all these years.”
Prince Philip, who has carried out over 22,000 solo engagements, has had quite a reputation for his comments, including his comment regarding “slitty eyes” on his visit to China back in the 1980s.
In the next decade, the prince stated “Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?” to one islander in the Cayman Islands. He also asked a driving instructor that was based in Scotland: “How do you keep the natives of the booze long enough to pass the test?”
The annual royal Christmas message records back to King George V in 1932. It was first televised 60 years ago in 1957.