Queen’s ‘hidden message’ in Christmas speech inspired by Philip’s sense of duty

The Queen’s Christmas speech included a hidden message inspired by Prince Philip’s sense of duty, a royal expert has claimed.

Robert Lacey – author of A Brief Life of the Queen – argues that Her Majesty’s vibrant red dress made the statement that she would be carrying on with all the “sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze the fun out of any situation”, with which the Duke of Edinburgh inspired her.

The biographer – writing for the Daily Mail – added that this year the monarch revealed herself to us more than ever and that she was looking “very good”, in not “just another Christmas broadcast”.

He added: “That photograph of her late husband on her desk made a poignant statement, along with the sapphire honeymoon brooch that he gave her.”

Lacey continues on to emphasise how glad he is that the Queen can only enjoy a Christmas carol “as long as the tune is well known”.

And that, like many a family, she enjoys settling down in front of the TV to watch “a favourite film where we already know the ending”.

According to Lacey, the Queen likes to remind us every year what Christmas is all about – and that reminds us that she is a believing and practising Christian who prays and reads her Bible every day.

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The teachings of Jesus, Her Majesty told us on Christmas Day, “have been the bedrock of my faith”.

And this personal faith is the reason why Lacey believes, she can celebrate Christmas and the year of her Platinum Jubilee that lies ahead with such joy – “even with one familiar laugh missing”.

The Daily Star has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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