25 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
AHEAD of the anticipated Christmas message from the Queen today, an image has been released of her sat at her desk ready to address the nation.
Surrounded by grand items, the monarch also has six family photographs – with Meghan and Kate featuring heavily.
A number of the items in shot while the Queen records her Christmas message are significant – find out what each one is below
They show her husband, father, children and grandchildren, kept close by as she gave her annual festive message, recorded in Buckingham Palace’s white drawing room.
This new image gives more of an insight into the Queen’s key moments of the year – with Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding and snapshots of Kate and Prince William’s family on display.
She filmed the broadcast two weeks ago and is expected to address many of the royal marriages and births this year as well as the political divisions.
In 1932, King George V gave the speech as a radio broadcast, with Queen Elizabeth II continuing the tradition, delivering the speech every year since 1952 – apart from in 1969.
The Queen’s choice of outfit shows her classic taste and her preferred designer
1. Ivory silk cocktail dress
The Queen is wearing an Angela Kelly ivory silk cocktail dress.
Designed by her senior dresser, it has blue, white and gold lame overlay.
Ms Kelly has whipped up many of the Queen’s memorable outfits.
Most recently the lime green hat which the monarch wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May.
2. Scarab brooch from Prince Philip
The ‘Scarab’ yellow gold brooch was a personal gift from the prince to the Queen in 1966.
It was designed by Andrew Grima and crafted out of yellow gold.
It is also adorned with carved ruby and diamond embellishments.
This piece is thought to be a favourite of the Queen’s as she is often seen wearing it.
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3. Queen Victoria’s gilded piano
The piano was bought for the palace in 1856 by Queen Victoria, and was often used by her.
It was made by S&P Erard and is made of painted and varnished mahogany, satinwood and pine.
It has flowers and monkeys playing musical instruments all over it.
The lid is said to look odd because she asked the makers to incorporate the much older lid of a beloved harpsichord she had played as a girl.
4. Prince Charles
An adorable picture of a tiny Prince Charles being held by his parents is closest to the Queen.
In the black and white shot she beams as little Charles reaches out and touches her neck.
It was taken on April 26, 949, three years before the then Princess Elizabeth became Queen.
Earlier this year she paid tribute to her son to mark his 70th birthday.
The future King George V in his naval uniform
5. The Queen’s father
The Queen has a picture of her father as a young man – then Prince Albert.
The future King George V is in his naval uniform, around the time he would have served on HMS Collingwood.
He took on the role of King after his brother abdicated in 1936.
The Queen came to the throne when he died in 1952.
6. Charles and his family
Charles is pictured surrounded by his children and their wives, his wife Camilla and his grandchildren.
Prince George sat on his grandfather’s knee, Princess Charlotte cuddled next to Camilla, and Prince Louis was held in his mother’s arms.
The family gathered for the photo, which was taken by photographer Chris Jackson, on a bench in the gardens of Clarence House.
It was part of a series taken to mark his 70th birthday.
Princess Eugenie poses with her new husband Jack Brooksbank
7. Princess Eugenie’s wedding
The Queen has a picture of her granddaughter on her wedding day.
Princess Eugenie poses with her new husband Jack Brooksband and their page boys and bridesmaids.
The image was taken in another White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
Amongst the gaggle are Prince George and Prince Charlotte, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall, and Theodora Williams, daughter of singer Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field.
This heartwarming snap was taken just hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married
8. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
This photograph shows the newlyweds sitting on steps at Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry’s arm is protectively around his new wife as they both beam with delight hours after being declared man and wife.
The photographs, taken by Alexi Lubomirksi, were taken at a relaxed moment after the world watched them get married.
The pair married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.
A family portrait of the Cambridge’s also features on the monarchs desk
9. William and Kate’s Christmas card
In the Cambridge’s annual holiday picture, it’s smiles all round, as George cavorts in a pair of jeans and Kate cradles baby Louis – who is now almost eight months old.
The family grin as they gather around a tree trunk in woodland at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk in the sunshine, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte hang happily off their parents.
Three-year-old Charlotte stands on the trunk with her arms around her parents’ shoulders, while five-year-old George playfully holds on to his father as he stands one-legged in wellies on the trunk.
The major royals all released versions of a Christmas card, but the Queen appears to have rather liked this one.
10. Victorian marble sculpture
This marble figure of Sappho, an ancient Greek poet, was the work of William Theed.
Many of his sculptures appear throughout Buckingham Palace.
He was a favourite of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s.
As such his work is also featured in Osborne House, Victoria’s summer retreat in the Isle of Wight.
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, thought to be responsible for bringing the tradition of Christmas trees to the UK
11. Christmas trees
The Christmas tree coming to Britain’s shores is credited to Queen Charlotte.
The Germam-born wife of George III is thought to have brought an evergreen tree for the family in the 1790s, and decorated it.
But it was Prince Albert who made it a more common feature.
He gave trees to schools and Army barracks after a picture of the family surrounding a decorated tree was published.
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12. One of four fireplaces
This is just one of four large fireplaces in the white drawing room.
Three of the other marble fireplaces are underneath large mirrors.
But one other has a portrait of Queen Alexandra hanging over the top of it.
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