The Queen’s family has grown so much in 2018, and it will be growing even more in the year ahead!
The 92-year-old monarch referenced her family’s exciting year in her annual Christmas broadcast on Tuesday.
In this personal part of her yearly speech to all her subjects, the Queen even made a special mention of the one great-grandchild who has yet to come in addition to the two who were born this year.
“Closer to home, it has 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,” the Queen said in her annual address.
The royal was referring to the wedding of her grandson Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle, as well as the nuptials of her granddaughter Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, which took place later in the year.
The Queen also welcomed two great-grandchildren: Prince Louis, who is the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Lena Tindall, who is Zara and Mike Tindall’s second daughter. Prince Harry and Meghan’s little one is expected to join the ever-growing family in the spring of 2019.
The Queen also referenced another milestone for the family: Prince Charles’ 70th birthday. In the remainder of her speech, the monarch also made a more general plea for kindness and respect among all people.
“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,” she said. “The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn’t provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of life. Instead, it’s about the birth of a child, and the hope that birth 2,000 years ago brought to the world.”
“Only a few people acknowledged Jesus when he was born; now billions follow him. I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date,” she concluded. “It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever. A very happy Christmas to you all.”
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