Queen Elizabeth latest news – Her Majesty gives nod to Lilibet in Christmas speech, but no mention for Harry & Meghan

THE Queen’s speech was aired on Christmas Day, and reflected on the loss of beloved husband Prince Philip, but Her Majesty also gave a nod to Lilibet during the 'emotional' message.

In the festive broadcast, Her Majesty, 95, celebrated the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter this year, along with the births of August, Lucas and Sienna.

Meghan and Harry welcomed Lilibet on June 4, 2021, and they said in their Christmas card that she “made them a family”.

But there was no mention of the Meghan and Harry, who are now living in California after stepping from royal duties,

Read our royal family live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Royal round up

    We shared how the Queen gave a heartwarming nod to Lilibet in touching Christmas Day speech.

    We shared five hidden details in the Queen’s Christmas message revealed including sweet nod to Prince Philip.

    Here is the Queen's Christmas Day speech in full.

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    When was the photo taken?

    The gorgeous family photo was taken during the summer at the pair’s home in California.

    It’s understood the digital personal holiday card was sent to friends and family.

    The Christmas card snap is the first glimpse the world has had of little Lilibet after the Sussexes welcomed the tot into the world earlier this year.

    Alongside the family snaps, Meghan and Harry donated funds to multiple charities – including Paid Leave For All and Human First Coalition.

  • Louis Allwood

    California was the locations for Sussexes card

    The gorgeous family photo was taken during the summer at the pair’s home in California.

    It’s understood the digital personal holiday card was sent to friends and family.

    The Christmas card snap is the first glimpse the world has had of little Lilibet after the Sussexes welcomed the tot into the world earlier this year.

    Alongside the family snaps, Meghan and Harry donated funds to multiple charities – including Paid Leave For All and Human First Coalition.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen’s Platinum Jubilee plans

    Pubs, clubs and bars will be given a two-hour licensing extension that will allow them to serve drinks until 1am during the three-day summer celebration.

    Ministers hope the move will help fuel a blockbuster weekend which will boost the hospitality trade recovering from two years of pandemic restrictions.

    A four-day Bank Holiday weekend will take place in early June to toast Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.

    The government will consult the public on extending licensing hours from the normal 11pm to 1am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 2 to 4.

  • Milica Cosic

    Lilibet the ‘spitting image of mum Meghan’

    Royal fans were quick to gush over the adorable Christmas shot Meghan and Harry revealed last week.

    They pointed out how similar the young baby girl looks to Meghan when she was a tot.

    In the festive photo, taken by their wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski, Meghan, 40, can be seen raising a giggling Lilibet – who was named after the Queen – into the air.

    One fan compared Meghan being held as a baby by mum Doria Ragland to Meghan holding Lilibet, and said: “Wow the resemblance.”

    Another added: “Such cute kids. They have Dad’s hair and Mum’s nose. Perfection.”

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    Princess Charlotte's 'cheeky' Christmas curtsy

    Princess Charlotte was once praised for her good manners as she did her first curtsy on Christmas Day to the Queen.

    During 2019's Christmas celebrations, at just four years old, Princess Charlotte impressed when she made her first curtsy to the Queen.

    Karen Anvil, who famously took a picture of Meghan, Harry, Kate and William two years ago, gave Charlotte a doll.

    Recalling the moment, Karen later told Sky News: “Charlotte came over with her mum, she liked the doll.

    “Her manners were outstanding ‒ but she’s cheeky, she wasn’t at all scared.”

    She added that Prince George also had “perfect” manners.

  • Milica Cosic

    Same Royal Xmas meal every year

    Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady revealed what the Queen eats for Christmas during an interview with Good Housekeeping.

    He said: "After church, that's when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussel sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.

    "They stick with the same meal year after year."

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    Kate Middleton & Queen's basic Xmas breakfast

    According to a former chef, female royals enjoy a light breakfast while male royals dig into a hearty meal in the dining room.

    Ex-royal chef, Darren McGrady, previously described a typical Christmas day for the Queen's family, with women having just sliced fruit, toast and coffees. While men tuck into eggs, bacon, mushrooms – and more.

    According to Darren, the women usually have breakfast in their rooms while the men sit together downstairs at the Sandringham Estate, in Norfolk.

    Writing in the Daily Mail, the former chef said: "On Christmas Day, the ladies generally opt for a light breakfast of sliced fruit, half a grapefruit, toast and coffee delivered to their rooms – the Queen’s tray is delivered at exactly 9am.

    "The male Royals, meanwhile, come downstairs to the dining room for a hearty breakfast at 8.30am with eggs, bacon and mushrooms, kippers and grilled kidneys, to set them up for the 11am church service at St Mary Magdalene."

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince William’s fave movie

    The Duke of Cambridge discussed his love for the 2003 classic Elf, a comedy that has continued to tickle him each year.

    “It’s very funny and I keep watching it every Christmas, it still makes me laugh,” he said.

    But he was less decisive when it came to what music the family rock around the tree too, “because he loves so many different types of songs.”

    “But for this particular chat, I’m going to say Feliz Navidad, because it’s a bit different,” he said.

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    The Queen’s picture with Prince Philip

    Sources say the Queen, 95, is going to give the most emotional and personal annual TV address of her near 70-year reign.

    And she has a photo of her late husband Philip in the foreground during the speech.

    It shows the loving pair recreating a honeymoon picture on their 60th anniversary.

    The framed photo of the Diamond Wedding couple in 2007 appears on a desk beside her in the pre-recorded address to the nation.

    Unlike previous years, when she has had many pictures of her family around her, it is the sole image.

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    Princess Diana was 'mortified' during first royal Xmas

    In December 1981, Princess Diana found herself spending her first Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham with her new husband Prince Charles.

    According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, the 20-year-old went all out with presents for the family.

    However, the latest addition to the family was left mortified when she realised the Royals always opt for low-key presents – and she hadn’t been warned in advance.

    Victoria told 9Honey: “During her first newlywed Christmas at Sandringham in 1981, Diana fell foul of the ‘cheap and cheerful’ family motto and gave everyone pricey cashmere jumpers.

    “Beautiful as her gifts will have been, Diana was left rather red-faced having not been made aware of the family’s jokey tradition.”

  • Milica Cosic

    The corgis personalised Christmas menu

    As we’re sure all animal lovers will agree, pets really are part of the family – and The Queen ensures her beloved corgis have a special Christmas treat too.

    The former chef claims Her Majesty’s dogs were given a special Christmas meal too which consisted of the freshest local produce.

    Darren wrote: “Even the corgis – there were 12 when I was chef – have individual menus, usually involving a rotation of fresh rabbit, beef or chicken with rice and cabbage.

    “We’d jokingly refer to the footmen responsible for the dogs, both named Paul, as ‘Doggy One and Doggy Two’.”

    Earlier this year, the Queen added two new corgi puppies to her royal household.

  • Milica Cosic

    Meg & Harry's 2nd Xmas in California

    Meghan and Harry spent 2017 and 2018 with the Queen and royal family at Sandringham, but took son Archie to Canada for the 2019 holidays.

    This is the second year in a row that they have spent Christmas in California.

    A close friend previously told PEOPLE: "They are so happy.

    "This baby solidifies that they are creating roots here in the States."

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    Harry & Meghan are ‘loving life in California’

    A friend of the royal couple has revealed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “loving life in California”.

    Meghan’s pal told PEOPLE how she has been “gearing up for the holidays” and added: "They are loving life in California.”

    Another insider commented: "It's Harry's second Christmas away from England, and Meghan wants to make sure it's special for everyone.

    "They are creating their own traditions at their new home."

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    Kate extends olive branch to Harry & Meghan

    Kate Middleton gave a a special nod to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the special Christmas Carol service she helped organise.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were initially expected to come back to the UK to celebrate Christmas with the Queen but ultimately remained in California.

    During the Carol service, Kate said: "We have lost loved ones, seen our frontline workers placed under immeasurable pressure, and we have experienced heart-wrenching isolation from those we hold most dear.

    "Alongside this, we have seen how communities have come together to support those most in need."

    She continued: "And through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all.

    "Just how much we need one another. And how loving and feeling a sense of belonging to one another can provide comfort in tough times."

  • Milica Cosic

    Fears Harry and Meghan could RULE UK

    THE Queen has been urged to take action “straight away” over fears Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could become the next in line to the throne.

    Over the weekend, numerous sources claimed the Queen has “told William to stop flying his family in helicopters” as she is “terrified” of an accident that could affect the line of succession.

    This would therefore mean it would put Prince Harry directly next in line.

    Royal biographer Angela Levin, who has met and interviewed Prince Harry previously, said: “Action should be taken straight away.”

    Taking to Twitter she told her 23 thousand followers: “The thought of H or it would be M taking the throne is ………..!”

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry & Meghan made donations ‘on your behalf’

    Harry and Meghan said they had made donations “on your behalf to several organisations that honour and protect families – from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave.”

    The organisations include Team Rubicon, Welcome.US, Human First Coalition, Humanity Crew, Paid Leave For All, PL+US and Marshall Plan for Moms.

    The couple wish supporters a “happy holiday season and a prosperous new year, from our family to yours”, though they do not reference Christmas in the card.

    Harry and Meghan met with Team Rubicon, a disaster relief charity staffed by veteran volunteers, earlier in the year during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

    They visited Task Force Liberty, home to 10,000 Afghan refugees being housed at the US military base.

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    End of Queen's reign to mark 'watershed moment'

    The End of the Queens reign will mark a watershed moment for Australia,Australian Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite has warned.

    The politician told Express.co.uk: "There is much admiration and respect for the Queen in Australia and the end of her reign will be a fork in the road for Australia to decide if we want to continue with a foreign monarch as our head of state or recognise our maturity and independence and appoint an Australian as our head of state.

    "The point about Charles becoming King is that it just happens and Australians don’t get a say in who our head of state is."

  • Milica Cosic

    Inside Meghan & Harry’s Xmas card

    The card was released with the sweet message: “This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world.

    “Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family.”

    The card continued: “As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave: Team Rubicon, Welcome.US, Human First Coalition, Humanity Crew & Paid Leave For All, PL+US, Marshall Plan for Moms.

    “Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours! As ever, Harry, Meghan, Archie & Lili”.

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    Meghan & Harry ‘celebrate freedom’ with ‘idyllic’ Xmas card

    According to a body language expert, the Duke and Duchess‘ new Christmas card reveals they are “celebrating” their newfound freedom and putting their “painful” past behind them.

    Speaking to Fabulous, body language expert Judi James said everything from the styling of the shoot to the couple’s poses reflect how content they are in their new lives in California.

    The expert said: “This is such an idyllic and even ‘back to basics’ depiction of happiness and contentment from Meghan and Harry.”

    Judi claims Harry and Meghan have purposefully referenced their first public appearance together back in 2017 – where the then-Suits star wore a pair of ripped jeans.

    She continued: “[It shows] them styled in the same, emphatically casual way that they were when they first presented to the world as a couple at the Invictus games – when Meghan famously wore the ripped denim jeans that the couple and their son are wearing here.

    “It makes the pose look like a celebration of freedom as much as the couple’s joy as a family of four.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Royal Xmas news you may have missed

    • We shared five hidden details in the Queen’s Christmas message revealed including sweet nod to Prince Philip.
    • Here is the Queen's Christmas Day speech in full.
    • Meanwhile, Prince William & Kate Middleton share touching message to those in Covid isolation as they spend Xmas at Sandringham.
    • Milica Cosic

      Philip's legacy carried on by Kate & Wills

      The Queen talked about how Prince Philip's legacy was being carried on by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

      She said: “I am proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been taken on and magnified by our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the COP climate change summit in Glasgow.”

      But there was no mention of Meghan and Harry, who are now living in California after stepping from royal duties.

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      Queen's first Xmas without Philip

      In her Christmas broadcast, the Queen also celebrated her love for her late husband Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9, 2021.

      This Christmas is the first for 73 years she won't be spending with Prince Philip.

      She made an emotional speech about how she misses his "mischievous twinkle" and his ability to “squeeze fun out of any situation”.

      The monarch fondly recalled his sense of fun but also said she was “proud beyond words” of his achievements.

      The Queen said her late husband was an "early champion of taking seriously our stewardship of the environment".

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      Queen’s nod to Lilibet in Xmas speech

      In the festive broadcast, Her Majesty, 95, celebrated the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter this year, along with the births of August, Lucas and Sienna.

      The Queen spoke of how Christmas is often seen as a “time for children”, but continued that this is only “half the story”.

      She said: "Adults, when weighed down with worries, sometimes fail to see the joy in simple things, where children do not.

      "And for me and my family, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce, and see anew the wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year.

      "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.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Meghan Markle's next move?

      Following the Duchess of Cambridge's piano display at her Together at Christmas concert, fans have been wondering what Meghan Markle's next move is.

      Royal fans have questioned whether Meghan Markle might follow up Kate's performance with one of her own, given the Duchess of Sussex's acting skills.

      A Twitter user, shared a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge playing the piano, and wrote: "Princess Katherine on the piano at the carol concert – what is Meghan going to do next I wonder?"

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