The Queen Spoke About “Final Parties” and “Passing the Baton” in Her Final Christmas Message

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    In her final Christmas broadcast to the British people and Commonwealth in 2021, the Queen spoke of “final partings” and “passing the baton.” 

    Queen Elizabeth II of England, who lost Prince Philip, her beloved husband of more than seven decades earlier in the year, addressed listeners and viewers around the globe, reminding them that “life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.”This was her moving, last Christmas address. Her own death was less than a year away.

    When she spoke of her loss that year, the monarch stated that her family had “drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work — from around the country, the Commonwealth and the world… We felt his presence as we, like millions around the world, readied ourselves for Christmas.”

    The Queen also mentioned her Prince Philip’s “sense of passing the baton” — a sentiment that could have significance for her eldest son, who assumed a lot of her duties as she declined this year, and included the State Opening of Parliament in May.

    Now, he has to assume his mother’s role, at 73 years old, to be King Charles III.

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