WATCH | Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas speech 2019: 'Giant leaps often start with small steps'

2019-12-25 17:43
Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, 25 December 2019 broadcast her annual Christmas Day speech on the royal family’s Twitter account at exactly 17:00 (South African time).

The 93-year-old monarch, dressed in a royal blue cashmere dress with the Prince Albert brooch, continued the tradition that dates back to 1932. 

The queen’s Christmas Day speech was pre-recorded in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. 

In this year's speech the queen referenced the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, saying: "It's a reminder for us all that giant leaps often start with small steps."

Her Majesty also spoke of her delight at the birth of the latest member of the royal family, Archie - the son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: "Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great-grandchild into our family". 

The queen also made reference to "the times this year that have felt quite bumpy", which many believe is an acknowledgement of the recent royal scandal that included a calamitous BBC interview with the queen's second son who tried to distance himself from American paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The interview in which Andrew denied having sex with one of Epstein's alleged victims was widely ridiculed and reportedly criticised within Buckingham Palace, forcing him to "step back from public duties".


PHOTO: Royal family wish social media followers a Merry Christmas with beautiful photo taken by Duchess of Cambridge

(Sources: CNN, Channel24/AFP, Twitter)

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