Queen Elizabeth has been known to record a Christmas message each holiday season in an effort to inspire peace and goodwill. This year's message is particularly important in the wake of so much division and hate in the world today. Excerpts from her message were released to the public by Buckingham Palace, according to Yahoo News.
The year 2018 was one of change and growth in the life of the now 92-year-old monarch. Her grandson, Prince Harry, married American actress Meghan Markle. The couple is now expecting their first child together. Her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, was also married this year. The new additions to the royal family inspired Queen Elizabeth to touch upon topics concerning the bond of family in her speech.
The queen has been known to remain fairly neutral on topics regarding politics and public affairs. She did have a highly publicized meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump back in July, a visit that was protested by many. Following their meeting, Trump described the monarch as an "incredible woman," who was both "sharp" and "beautiful." Officials from Buckingham Palace do not expect Queen Elizabeth to make any mention of the meeting with president during her speech. Rather, her primary focus will be on the traditional values of the Christmas season.