The Queen’s Speech 2021: Watch in full
The Queen made a nod to religious devotion in the Christmas broadcast, aired at 3pm on Saturday. In her speech, the monarch, who is the head of the Church of England, spoke about the birth of Jesus as a “new beginning”.
She mentioned the coming of Christ after mentioning the birth of four royal babies in 2021 alone – August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, Lucas Philip Tindall, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten Windsor and Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.
Referring to the children, Her Majesty said: “They teach us all a lesson – just as the Christmas story does – that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with endless potential.
“It is this simplicity of the Christmas story that makes it so universally appealing, simple happenings that formed the starting point of the life of Jesus – a man whose teachings have been handed down from generation to generation, and have been the bedrock of my faith.
“His birth marked a new beginning.
The Queen made a touching reference to her faith in her Christmas speech
The Queen delivering her Christmas Day address
“As the carol says: ‘The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight’.”
This isn’t the first time the Queen has given a nod to religious devotion in her Christmas speech, which she traditionally writes herself every year.
Speaking about the kindness shown by many to their neighbours and communities during the pandemic, the Queen said in her 2020 Christmas broadcast: “Jesus touched on this with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
“The man who is robbed and left at the roadside is saved by someone who did not share his religion or culture.
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Prince Charles and Camilla heading to Christmas Day service
“This wonderful story of kindness is still as relevant today.
“Good Samaritans have emerged across society showing care and respect for all, regardless of gender, race or background, reminding us that each one of us is special and equal in the eyes of God.”
Similarly, in 2019, the monarch spoke about how Jesus, through his teachings and example, showed the world how “small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding”.
The Queen is known to have a strong faith and to regularly attends service.
The Queen is known to have a strong faith and to regularly attends service
The Queen and Prince Philip in 1982
On Christmas Day, she normally steps out of her residence to attend the 11am service alongside her relatives.
However, she did not join six other members of the Royal Family who, this Christmas morning, headed to St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It is understood the Queen’s absence from the service was a personal choice and follows a precautionary approach seen over the last few weeks.
It was announced on October 20 the monarch had been advised by her doctors to rest for a few days and cancel her planned trip to Northern Ireland.
The royals’ family tree
She has since not carried out any official engagements outside palace walls.
Mindful of her medical team’s advice, she has since only carried out light duties, including dealing with the Government’s red boxes and holding weekly audiences with the Prime Minister.
She has also held audiences with dignitaries and honourees, both via video link and in person.
While she hasn’t completed official engagements outside of the castle, the monarch has been spotted leaving it for private matters.
The Queen during an in person audience with the Sultan of Oman
In late November, she attended at the All Saints Chapel the double christening of the son of Mike and Zara Tindall and of the firstborn of Princess Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank.
This year marks the Queen’s first Christmas as a widow.
Prince Philip, who died in April at Windsor Castle, featured heavily during this year’s broadcast, as the Queen spoke about missing him and the deep mark he has left in the country and his own family over the past nine decades.