Queen ‘sends hidden message’ with carefully placed photo in her Christmas Speech

The Queen will be looking back at 2018 as she delivers her Christmas Day speech to the nation.

It’s been an exciting year for the Royal family, with two weddings, two babies and one pregnancy announcement.

But the last few months have been tricky, as newbie Meghan Markle deals with embarrassing family drama and rumours of a fall out between Princes William and Harry and their wives build.

In her pre-recorded speech the Queen will speak about healing differences and treating people with respect.

But royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believes she also send a hidden message with the photo she chose to display on her desk

The black and white photo, which was taken in 1949, shows the then 23-year-old Princess Elizabeth with Philip and their baby son Prince Charles.

Richard told the Express: "This is a call for unity, empathy and togetherness at a time of national division. This year’s broadcast talks of ‘faith, family and friendship’.

"The photograph of the Prince when very young links with his 70th birthday this year and is also a reminder of the longevity of her reign as well as picturing her ‘strength and stay’, Prince Philip.

"The Queen undertakes an extraordinary number of engagements at 92 and is determined never to abdicate as her uncle did.

"Indeed the divisions in today’s Britain which she appears to refer to in her speech make her presence as head of state and the whole nation’s undoubted trust in her so significant.

"We are in unstable and unpredictable times and the monarchy is especially significant as a symbol of national unity."

The family will gather together to watch the speech as part of their Christmas celebrations at Sandringham tomorrow, just as they do every year.

But it could be slightly awkward this year as the head of the Firm will speak about healing "even with the most deeply held difficulties", amid rumours of a rift between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Royal insiders have stressed the Queen’s words have absolutely nothing to do with her two grandsons and their wives, and many people believe it’s more likely to be a thinly veiled reference to the political fallout and Brexit.

However it might still be a bit awkward for Kate and Meghan as they sit in the same room to listen to Her Majesty’s powerful words.

Rumours started after Meghan and Harry revealed they would not be moving into an apartment next door to Kate and William in Kensington Palace.

They’ve decided to start their family in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor instead, near where they married earlier this year.

It has been further fuelled by rumours Kate was left in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.

In her broadcast, the Queen will talk about her Christian faith and highlight much-loved words in the Bible about understanding and harmony.

The Queen, 92, will say: "I believe the 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… Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding."

The Queen is publicly neutral on politics and does not express her views on issues.

The speech was recorded on December 12 in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

  • The Queen’s speech will air at 3pm on Christmas Day. It is on BBC1, ITV, Sky One, Sky News, and Radio 4.

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