Queen Elizabeth II praised the environmental campaign of five royals, but not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The monarch, 95, gave her most touching Christmas Day message as she reflected on the death of her 73-year-old husband Prince Philip.
Elizabeth described how Philip’s’ playful and questioning twinkle was as brilliant as
the end like when I first laid eyes on him. “
She also praised his contribution to the promotion of the environment and also verified the names of four other members of the royal family.
Meghan and Harry were not among those mentioned, although she gave a subtle nod at her joy at their baby girl Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
The queen said: “He [Philip] was also one of the first champions to take our environmental stewardship seriously; and I’m proud beyond words that his pioneering work has been picked up and magnified by our eldest son Charles and eldest son William, admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine, most recently at the COP Climate Change Summit in Glasgow. “
Prince Harry founded ecotourism company Travalyst, and the couple pledged in November to make their Archewell Foundation net zero by 2030.
In her Christmas message, the Queen said: “Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones,” but added that the children are helping her feel joy again.
And she mentioned the arrival of “four more this year”, in reference to Lilibet, the daughter of Harry and Meghan, born in June.
Three of the Queen’s granddaughters, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall, have also had babies this year.
Elizabeth said: “I’m sure someone somewhere today will notice that Christmas is a time for children. It’s an engaging truth, but only half the story. It may be more true. to say that Christmas can speak to the child in all of us Adults, when overwhelmed with worry, sometimes fail to see the joy in the simple things, where children cannot.
“And for me and my family, even with a familiar laughter missing this year, there will be joy at Christmas, as we have the chance to remember and re-examine the wonder of the holiday season through the eyes of our own. young children we have had the pleasure of welcoming four more this year.
“They teach us all a lesson – just like the Christmas story does – that in the birth of a child there is a new dawn with endless potential.”
It comes after Meghan and Harry posted the first photo of Lilibet on their 2021 Christmas card, taken by their wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
They included a message that read: “This year 2021 we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, into the world. Archie made us a ‘mum’ and a ‘dad’, and Lili made us a family.
“As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families, from those displaced from Afghanistan to American families in need of paid parental leave. “
Meghan and Harry signed: “I wish you a happy New Year and a prosperous New Year, from our family to yours! As always, Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lili.”