The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined The Queen and members of the Royal family at the Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene, close to the Queen’s Sandringham estate. This afternoon millions watched the Queen Chrismas message across Britain, and the Royals, as well, gathered round to watch the matriarch’s speech at Sandringham. Kate and Meghan sat together to listen to Queen’s speech – which this year urges Britain to heal “the most deeply held differences”.
Despite all the rumors of a feud between them, Kate and Meghan looked the best of friends on their way to the service. They were photographed chatting and smiling as they were on their way to the church.
Speaking in Buckingham Palace’s White Drawing Room surrounded by photographs of her happy family during the milestone events, the Queen said: “It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied.”
She added: “We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales.”
She talked about the importance of having loved ones around you: “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.” And she offered words of comfort for those missing relatives or friends: “At Christmas, we become keenly aware of loved ones who have died, whatever the circumstances. But, of course, we would not grieve if we did not love.”
“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom. I’d like to think so. Perhaps part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good, and yet a capacity for evil. Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism.”
“Its strength lies in the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world. 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 finished her speech by highlighting an important message: “I believe his (Jesus) message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date.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. A very happy Christmas to you all.”
Watch the whole speech below: