Queen removes traditional photo of Kate and William during Christmas speech

Queen Elizabeth I's speech was 'riddled with holes' says expert

The Queen chose not to honour her grandson, the heir to the throne, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton this year during the Queen’s speech. A customary photo of the pair, which appears on her desk each year for the speech, was missing.

The Queen usually uses the speech to show sweet images of her family members, in a touching gesture.

Kate and William’s photo is normally a constant on there, but not this year.

It is not just her words viewers pay attention to during her annual speech.

The Queen’s jewellery, her clothes, the setting and her desk all set the scene.

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This year the only image on the Queen’s desk was an image of her husband Prince Philip, 97, in younger years.

The image took pride of place in the footage, in an eye-catching blue frame.

It’s in stark contrast to last year when the Queen had four photographs on her desk.

They include the Cambridge’s Christmas card, featuring their three children, as well as Charles and Camilla.

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These two images were placed alongside a portrait of her father and a portrait of Prince Philip.

Twitter users commented on this year’s lack of photos, besides Phillip.

One said: “Very nice speech. I wonder what the significance of just Philip is?”

Another said: “Probably the focus on her year, she’s been separated from her family but has spent it with her husband. I think it’s a good decision, putting others on the desk would have taken away from the message.”

“It’s to tell everyone she is alone too,” another said.

One commented it was a nod to the fact she would be spending Christmas isolating with just Philip, and another suggested this was the key to working out who and what was featured on the Queen’s desk each year.

One wrote, “Must have been hard for her Majesty to not have their usual Christmas together. Personally, I didn’t see any problem with them doing so. They all mix with & know each other & wouldn’t be mixing with anyone else, bar church. However, the Queen would always lead by example.”

Another said: “Do you know if the photos on the desk symbolise who is with her on Christmas Day?

“As if she is speaking on behalf of the family actually with her. Every year the photos spark intrigue but wonder if it’s a quite straightforward tradition.”

The Queen makes a speech every year on Christmas, a tradition since her father King George VI did the same, an event memorialised by Colin Firth’s Oscar-winning performance in The King’s Speech. This year Britons turned on their television to listen to the Queen’s words.

The Queen wore a brooch with a sweet royal history. 

The diamond once belonged to the Queen Mother and is a stunning scallop shell shape.

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