Queen’s drastic Christmas speech response after Meghan and Harry 2019 ‘snub’

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Fans of the Royal Family will have noticed a minimalist display of photographs on The Queen’s desk during her annual Christmas Speech.

The 94-year-old monarch famously surrounds herself with photographs and nostalgic items while giving her festive address.

But for the 2020 message, there was only a photo of Prince Philip on display – with The Queen paying tribute to her 99-year-old husband.

In contrast, last year The Queen had a photograph of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in one frame, grandson Prince William, wife Kate and their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis in another,

A third frame featured a photograph of her father King George VI.

Earlier this year it was hinted that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had felt “snubbed” by not having a photograph included in the 2019 address.

Her Majesty kept things simple for the 2020 message with just an image of her husband.

However there was also a tribute to her late mother, The Queen Mother, in the form of the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch.

The shell shaped diamond brooch was crafted in 1919 and was a favourite piece of jewellery for The Queen Mother and The Queen wore it proudly on her purple coloured dress.

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The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, have been spending lots of quality time together this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The royal pair – who have been married since 1947 – have spent much of the year isolating together at Windsor Castle, which has been dubbed HMS Bubble by royal staff.

The Queen and her husband are said to be “delighted to be able to spend the time together" this year – while spending their first Christmas away from the rest of their family for the first time in over 30 years.

In her annual address, The Queen paid tribute to NHS staff and good smartens all over the world for their work and resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.

She also paid tribute to Hindus, Jains and Sikhs for bringing additional light to the year with the traditional Diwali celebrations in November.

While she also conveyed part of the nativity story and the Christmas star, urging members of the public to shine as a light in society.

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  • Prince William
  • Queen
  • Christmas
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