(LONDON) #Christmas Day Report: The Queen has paid tribute to her husband in her first annual Christmas message since his death #AceNewsDesk report

#AceChristmasDesk says heres the Queen’s Christmas message pays tribute to ‘beloved’ Philip Watch the Queen deliver her Christmas message for 2021

Earlier, a 19-year-old man armed with an “offensive weapon” was arrested in the grounds of Windsor Castle, police said.

By Sean Coughlan
BBC News royal correspondent:

“Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year especially I understand why,” she said in a personal message.

She described Prince Philip as her “beloved”, and said she felt his presence over the festive period.

The Queen’s comments about loss come against the background of another year of the pandemic.

‘Final partings’

Speaking beside a photograph of them together, the Queen paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh, her “irrepressible” husband of 73 years.

The Queen and Prince Philip on honeymoon, with the same sapphire brooch in view

“That mischievous, inquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him,” she said.

“But life of course consists of final partings as well as first meetings.

“And as much as I and my family miss him, I know he would want us to enjoy Christmas,” said the Queen, remembering his “capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation”.

The framed photograph in view during the broadcast was taken during their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007 – and the Queen was wearing the same sapphire brooch that appears in the photograph. 

She also wore the same brooch, in the form of a chrysanthemum, on her honeymoon in 1947.

This week Buckingham Palace announced plans for a service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, to be held at Westminster Abbey in the spring.

The Queen’s Christmas message felt more personal than expected.

It was really quite touching and a departure from the normal Christmas broadcast, which is typically a reflection on the year.

This broadcast was very personal and one got an impression of the keen sense of loss that she clearly feels for the man who was her husband for 73 years.

There’s very little mention of Covid, just a passing reference that it has once again disrupted Christmas plans – including the Queen’s.

She had planned to go to Sandringham, her Norfolk estate, but she has stayed at Windsor and been joined by six members of her family today, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

This Christmas broadcast is the first time we’ve had a chance to see the Queen face to face – nine weeks after she cancelled her trip to Northern Ireland for health reasons.

Next year will be significant for the Queen and for the monarchy, because it will be her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she acceded to the throne in February 1952. 

After another year of uncertainty with the pandemic, the Queen spoke of the reassuring comfort of family traditions, such as “watching a favourite film where we already know the ending”.

Royal aides declined to say what such a favourite film might be – although her grandson Prince William recently pointed to Elf as one of his seasonal favourites.

‘Passing the baton’

The speech highlighted the importance of “passing the baton” to the next generation, in a year when the 95-year-old monarch has had her own health problems.

The Christmas broadcast, recorded in Windsor Castle, was the Queen’s most extensive appearance since having to withdraw from a series of events during the autumn.

The Queen at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, observing pandemic restrictions at the time

The Queen praised the work of Prince Charles and Prince William at the COP26 climate change summit and their commitment to the “stewardship of the environment”.

She looked ahead to the Platinum Jubilee next year, marking 70 years of her reign, which she hoped would bring a “sense of togetherness” and a chance to take stock of the “enormous changes” over those decades.

The broadcast included a community choir, called Singology, that helped to bring people together during the pandemic. 

There were glimpses of the royal family at events during the year, but there were no mentions of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry or Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

As a precaution against rising levels of the Omicron variant, the Queen is staying in Windsor Castle, rather than spending Christmas as usual on her Sandringham estate.

Members of her family have been with her on Christmas day, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Thames Valley Police said the man, who is from Southampton, was found within “moments” of entering the grounds at 08:30 GMT. 

He was arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. The force said he did not enter any buildings and members of the Royal Family had been informed.

At Sandringham, the Queen would usually have attended a Christmas morning local church service – and in her message the Queen spoke of the “bedrock of my faith”.

For a year of such personal and public upheavals, she quoted the Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, with the lines: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall went to a church service in Windsor before joining the Queen for Christmas Day

Many members of the Royal Family attended a morning church service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Charles and Camilla went to the Christmas Matins service ahead of spending the day with the Queen.

The couple were joined at the chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle by the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

It is understood the Queen’s absence from the service is a personal choice and follows a precautionary approach seen over the last six months amid rising coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted that this Christmas would be different to what so many people had planned. 

Prince William and Kate wrote: “From those who are alone or having to isolate away from loved ones, to the incredible people supporting our NHS and caring for those most in need – we are thinking of you.”

The duchess also surprised an audience at a community carol concert as she took to the piano alongside musician Tom Walker. The service, which was held at Westminster Abbey, was broadcast last night on ITV.

Catherine was joined at the service by Prince William and other members of the Royal Family including Zara and Mike Tindall, Sophie Wessex, and Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The Countess of Wessex attended a Christmas morning church service in the grounds of Windsor Castle

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(SCOTLAND/NEW YORK) LATEST: Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer has confirmed that they will seek to serve the alleged ‘sex-assault papers’ on Prince Andrew who has decamped to Balmoral Castle, Scotland #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer has confirmed they will seek to serve Prince Andrew court papers in person….

#AceDailyNews says that Prince Andrew ‘will be served ‘sex assault’ court papers in person’ according to his lawyer and the Duke is currently staying at Balmoral Castle with the Queen and Prince Charles, where he is reportedly working on his legal strategy and because he is a foreign citizen, we have to do this under the Hague Convention.’

METRO U.K. by Sean Seddon

Britain's Prince Andrew during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
The Duke of York is yet to publicly respond to a lawsuit filed in New York this week (Picture: AP)

Ms Giuffre has alleged she was raped by Prince Andrew while under the age of 18 and at a time he knew she was a victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s trafficking ring.

She claims to have ‘feared death or physical injury or another and other repercussions’ if she disobeyed Epstein, his long-time associate Ghislaine Maxwell or Prince Andrew ‘due to their powerful connections, wealth and authority’.

The California-based campaigner has filed a lawsuit in New York naming Prince Andrew as the sole defendant. 

Prince Andrew continues to strenuously deny all allegations made against him.

The Queen’s second son is yet to publicly comment on the development and it remains unclear how he intends to respond.

His accuser’s representative has shed further light on how the process could proceed. David Boies told The Telegraph: ‘We present him with a copy of the complaint in a formal way.

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, Virginia Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court in New York. On Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, Giuffre sued Prince Andrew saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 17. Lawyers for Giuffre filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
Virginia Giuffre alleges she had sex with Prince Andrew while a victim of a trafficking ring orchestrated by Jeffrey Epstein (Picture: AP)
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, aged 17, and Ghislaine Maxwell at Ghislaine Maxwell's townhouse in London, Britain on March 13 2001 Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts - 2001 Virginia Roberts aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell's townhouse in London. The photo was developed on March 13, 2001 when she was 17. Miss Roberts has filed a legal case against Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Miss Roberts now 31, has filed a criminal lawsuit in Florida claiming that she had under-aged sex with Prince Andrew and Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of this image. Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (4381006b)
They pair were pictured together in London, but Prince Andrew has cast doubt on the authenticity of this photo (Picture: Rex)

Under international rules covering cross-border lawsuits, the serving of court papers must satisfy conditions set out in UK law even though the civil suit has been filed in the US.

An initial court hearing is scheduled for September 13, which will take the form of a telephone conference with Manhattan federal court judge Lewis Kaplan.

It’s unclear whether either Prince Andrew or Ms Giuffre are required to join the call personally. 

The news comes amid reports Prince Charles could seek to distance his brother from the Royal Family to avoid reputational damage.

A source close to the future monarch told The Times this week: ‘He has long ago concluded that it is probably an unsolvable problem. 

‘This will probably further strengthen in the prince’s mind that a way back for the duke is demonstrably not possible, because the spectre of this [accusation] raises its head with hideous regularity.’

Prince Andrew denies any wrongdoing and has previously publicly said he can not recollect meeting Ms Giuffre.

He has also intimated a famous photograph of himself with his arm around Ms Giuffre in the home of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting a trafficking trial on charges she denies, may have been doctored.

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(LONDON) Real Princess Diana Report: She was ‘the people’s princess, who left her imprint on the monarchy with her personal touch — shaking hands with a man dying from an AIDS-related illness, writing notes to her fans and fearlessly walking across a minefield #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.03: Diana was the first of her kind, a royal who had a natural empathy with people from all walks of life, whether they were close to death, marginalised by society or struggling with the loss of a loved one.

Honouring Princess Diana with a STONE STATUE as a monument to the woman in Britain — and the House of Windsor — cannot forget while there have been other memorials in Diana’s honour, including a fountain in Hyde Park and children’s playground in Kensington Gardens, this statue will be more personal for the two boys, now men, who will stand to remember their mother.

Kindness & LoveX❤️ says just look at her face and the sadness in her eyes and she would be happier for her two sons to be brought back together in perfect harmony Amen

Princess Diana in a low-backed pearl gown and tiara looking over her shoulder
A statue erected in Kensington Palace’s sunken gardens in honour of Diana will soon be revealed. (Reuters: Kimimasa Mayama)

But there’s a generation that has no real idea who Princess Diana was, or the sensation she caused around the world. 

They won’t remember the tens of thousands of images of her plastered on the front pages of magazines and splashed across newspapers every week.

The pictures of joy with her sons frolicking on the beach or learning how to ski, and the photos of sadness that came with life in the spotlight.

And they won’t have a memory of the outpouring of grief that swept the world when she died. 

A small Prince Harry with his head bowed while William looks at the camera
Prince William was 15 and his brother Prince Harry was 12 when their mother died in a car crash. (Reuters)

But then there are those who will remember exactly where they were, and what they were doing on August 31, 1997 at the moment they learnt Princess Diana had lost her life.

It’s their memories that will be jogged again as a statue of the late princess is unveiled in London on Thursday.

The late princess who haunts the Royal family 

And therein lies the double-edged sword for the House of Windsor, which has seemingly embraced this new memorial while perhaps preferring that the memory of their history with Diana would fade. 

Her ex-husband, after all, will one day be king, and he’s worked hard to win back the good will that he lost after their acrimonious split.

The Prince of Wales will reportedly not attend the ceremony to unveil the monument to his former wife, so as not to “resurface old wounds”. 

Princess Diana in a deep navy dress sits while Prince Charles stands behind her
Prince Charles was said to struggle with his wife Diana’s popularity. (Reuters)

But the wounds, even for those who did not grow up with Diana, may never fully heal. 

Whether it’s her sympathetic portrayal on The Crown, countless podcasts and documentaries, or a forthcoming biopic with Kirsten Stewart cast in the starring role, Diana continues to haunt Britain — and the House of Windsor.

Diana’s fractured fairytale will loom over a kingdom as her statue will loom over the gardens of Kensington Palace. 

‘We are still talking about her now’

Around the world, those who remember her will think about what might have been different if Diana had survived and what she would be like today. 

“You’ve either got it or you haven’t, and she had it in bucketfuls, and we are still talking about her now,” Diana super fan Margaret Tyler told the ABC from her home in north London. 

The 77-year-old’s home has been extended twice to hold the thousands of pieces of royal memorabilia she owns.

A woman in a Union Jack flag jacket holds a Princess Diana plate in a bright pink room.
Princess Diana superfan Margaret Tyler in her Diana room at her home in north London.(ABC News: Tim Stevens)

She’s a self-confessed obsessive, and even has a Diana room that was built after the Princess of Wales’s death. 

According to Margaret, the “horrible, sinking” feeling she had when she learnt of Diana’s fate returns when she thinks of that day.

“I sat on the stairs for about an hour, I couldn’t move my legs – they were like jelly,” she recalled of the moment her son rang from America to relay the news.  

Margaret was one of thousands of people who would later travel to Buckingham Palace to lay flowers at the gates. 

“London ran out of flowers,” she said. 

An estimated 60 million blooms were placed there – one for every resident of the UK.

A moment to remember Diana

During better times in 2017, Prince William and Prince Harry commissioned the project to mark what would have been Diana’s 60th Birthday.   

“Our mother touched so many lives,” they wrote at the time. 

“We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and legacy.”

Princess Diana sits close to ger young sons, Princes William and Harry, in 1987 .
Princess Diana smiles as she sits with her sons during happier times in 1987.(AAP: John Redman)

A lot has changed since then; Harry married actress Meghan Markle, before they decided to step back from their roles as working royals in 2020 due to their own struggles with the royal family and the British press.

While the brothers admit they have grown apart in recent years, the dramatically scaled back tribute to their mother will give them a chance to reconnect.

According to Hello! magazine royal editor Emily Nash, the ceremony will be a “very small event and private personal moment for the princes”.

“And I think it’s right that Diana’s family, very close relatives will be there,” she said.

“But it’s their chance as well, before the wider public has access to the statute, and just take a moment and reflect on her life.”

Prince William and Prince Harry chose renowned sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley for the project. His portrait of the Queen appears on all UK – and some Australian – coins.

“They’ve been talking about this many years, and they’ve really wanted a permanent memorial to their mother,” Nash said.

“They felt that she hadn’t been recognised properly, in a public way like this before.

“And after quite some time, it’s now come to bear.”

Princess Diana in a black swimsuit looking joyful as a wave breaks around her
Princess Diana’s global popularity only increased after her sudden death. (Reuters)


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(LONDON) JUST IN: Prince Michael of Kent was filmed covertly in an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.11: The Queen’s cousin was filmed at a meeting in which undercover reporters were told he could be hired to make representations to the Kremlin:

Prince Michael of Kent accused of selling Kremlin access: ‘Prince Michael of Kent was willing to use his royal status for personal profit, and provide access to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime, a Sunday Times and Channel 4 report says.

By George Bowden:

His friend, the Marquess of Reading, later described him as “Her Majesty’s unofficial ambassador to Russia”.

The prince, 78, has denied the claims.

And in a statement, his spokesperson said that the marquess had “made suggestions which Prince Michael would not have wanted, or been able, to fulfil” during the covertly-recorded meeting.

They added: “As is standard practice, Prince Michael’s private secretary made it clear to the company’s representatives during their conversations that nothing could proceed without the agreement of the British Embassy and the help of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, of which Prince Michael is patron.”

The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches allege that the marquess described Prince Michael as being able to meet Mr Putin and make representations on behalf of a company set up by the reporters.

The marquess is said to have warned them that the prince’s services were “confidential”, adding: “We’re talking relatively discreetly here because we wouldn’t want the world to know that he is seeing Putin purely for business reasons.”

He estimated the prince could charge clients in the region of £50,000 for a five-day trip to Russia, the report claimed.

The prince is also said to have appeared willing to give the fictitious company his royal endorsement in a recorded speech for a fee of $200,000 (£143,000), and to use his home at Kensington Palace as a backdrop.

Prince Michael’s office denied to the Sunday Times that he had a “special relationship” with the Russian president and said in a statement that he had not been in contact with Mr Putin or his office for almost 18 years.


The newspaper said the marquess later sent an email to the reporters which it described as suggesting he might have regretted being too candid about the prince and Russia. 

The email said any arrangement would be subject to the prince’s advisers to make sure everything was correct.

In a statement reported by the newspaper, the marquess said he had made a mistake and “over-promised” during the meeting with the undercover reporters and for that he was “truly regretful”. 

The Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are not working members of the Royal Family but have represented the Queen in the past. Before the pandemic, they attended around 200 engagements a year, according to the Royal Family website.

The website includes a biography which describes the prince as being “connected to Russia through his maternal grandmother” and as having “a strong interest in the country”. 

The biography said he “became the first member of the Royal Family to learn Russian, ultimately qualifying as a Russian interpreter”.

The prince and princess do not receive public money. 

He earns a living through a long-established consultancy company and the couple pay market rent and fees for their home at Kensington Palace, a spokesperson for the prince said.

His father, Prince George, was the fourth son of George V and the brother of George VI, the Queen’s father.

Royals for Hire: Dispatches aired at 19:30 BST, Monday 10 May on Channel 4

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