One of my mom's favorite things to do on Christmas Eve is watch the Christmas message delivered by the Queen. It's something so regal and elegant, and at this point it's one of our most beloved traditions.
Normally we'd have to wait until December 24th for Her Majesty's address, but the palace released some excerpts of the message a day early, giving us all a taste of what's to come. The message, from what we've been exposed to, focuses primarily on asking for peace around the world.
“Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good step toward greater understanding.”
The Queen will also mention the birth of Jesus, and how his message still applies to our world today.
“I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”
“Through the many changes I have seen over the years - faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance.”— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 24, 2018
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It is also believed that Her Majesty will comment on the new additions to her family, such as Meghan Markle and her unborn baby, as well as Princess Eugenie's wedding.
“Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance,” she will say.
If you're expecting a direct message at President Trump and everything that's going on in America, you're going to be disappointed. Her Majesty has never explicitly commented on the situation happening in the United States, and that's not going to change this year. She will also leave out any mention of the whole Brexit fiasco.
The very first Christmas Broadcast was delivered by the Queen's grandfather, George V, in 1932. ever since, people have included the broadcast in their Christmas celebrations.
This year's royal Christmas celebrations will be very standard, with everyone heading to the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk where they will exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and then attend church.
Last year, Meghan Markle broke royal protocol when she attended Christmas with the royal family. Her and Harry weren't married yet, and only those who are officially family are allowed at the Christmas celebrations. Even Kate Middleton was not allowed when her and Prince William were engaged.
There were also reports that Markle's mom Doria Ragland would be spending Christmas with the Royal family, but these claims were quickly put to rest as People confirmed that an invitation was never extended to Ragland. This, of course, is not out of the ordinary.