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Old 12-23-2019, 05:04 PM
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Has Queen Elizabeth II ever had a tree that the little children can decorate with handmade decorations and ornaments?
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:11 PM
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The Queen's Commonwealth Trust have shared an image of this Christmas card that they received from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

https://twitter.com/queenscomtrust/s...411303941?s=19
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Odd perspective, and not especially flattering.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:23 PM
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The photo brings back memories for me. My youngest would always go zooming towards the camera and try to pull the picture out (it was a Polaroid).

Very unique and simple card and I like it.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:25 PM
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He doesn't look like a ginger. It appears those claims have been greatly exaggerated. I'm not sure black-and-white photos scream holiday cheer. But this couple seems to be partial to black-and-white.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:30 PM
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Odd perspective, and not especially flattering.
Not flattering? Adorable 7 month old infants don’t need flattering tweaks when they’re just being themselves.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:43 PM
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He doesn't look like a ginger. It appears those claims have been greatly exaggerated. I'm not sure black-and-white photos scream holiday cheer. But this couple seems to be partial to black-and-white.
Red hair is not identifiable in B&W photography.
Archie’s hair seemed reddish in the photos visiting Archbishop Tutu.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:44 PM
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I personally love the pic! Its a different one for BRF cards and is focused on their joy: Archie.

Very sweet.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:54 PM
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Now, that’s a beautiful Christmas card from the Sussexes. That Archie is quite a character.
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:09 PM
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A very sweet photo, although I'd have loved to have seen it in color. Archie is at a wonderful age, what fun!
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:12 PM
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Cute picture from the Sussexes. Archie so big. It was taken by Meghan’s close friend Janina Gavankar. I would guess all the close pals gathered together. It seems many of them were traveling around the same tine and went radio silent. Now back to celebrate with their own families.

Also nice selection from the Queen for the telegraph. Very direct message about the future of the monarchy.
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:43 PM
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The Queen's Commonwealth Trust have shared an image of this Christmas card that they received from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

https://twitter.com/queenscomtrust/s...411303941?s=19

Love it!! They look like a happy little family.....what more can one ask for during the holiday season.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:00 PM
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50895486

The Queen will acknowledge the "bumpy" path the nation has taken over the past year in her Christmas Day message.

She will say the path is never "smooth" but "small steps" can heal divisions.

It comes after a year of intense political debate over Brexit, as well as a number of personal events affecting the Royal Family.

Last month, the Duke of York withdrew from public life after a BBC interview about his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in August.

Meanwhile in January, the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car crash while driving near the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk. He escaped uninjured, but two women required hospital treatment.

Prince Philip, 98, is spending a fourth night in a London hospital after being admitted last Friday in relation to a "pre-existing condition".

In September, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly revealed their struggles under the media spotlight during their tour of southern Africa.

Referring to the life of Jesus and the importance of reconciliation, the Queen, 93, said "small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding."

"The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference."

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The broadcast was produced by the BBC and recorded in the green drawing room of Windsor Castle after the general election, but before Prince Philip was admitted to hospital.

The Queen wore a royal blue cashmere dress by Angela Kelly, and the sapphire and diamond Prince Albert brooch, a present from Albert to Queen Victoria on the eve of their wedding in 1840.

She is filmed sitting at a desk featuring photographs of her family, including one of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and a black-and-white image of the Queen's father, King George VI.

There is also a photograph of of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - perched on and around a motorbike and sidecar - an image used for the couple's Christmas card.

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Analysis: A coded message? (by Nicholas Witchell BBC Royal Correspondent)
It has been a year which, at times, may have felt "quite bumpy", so the Queen will say in her Christmas broadcast.

It is a choice of words which will inevitably prompt speculation about what it is that she's referring to.

She does not offer any clarification herself, though the remark is made in the context of overcoming what she calls "long-held differences" and how "small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome deep-seated divisions".

The obvious interpretation is that this is the Queen's - as ever - coded message to the country to try to move on from the divisions of the Brexit debate, but the reference to a "bumpy" year may also be taken to refer to events within her own family after a year which has seen the Duke of Edinburgh's car accident, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex complaining about the difficulties of being in the public eye and the controversies around Prince Andrew.

The Queen will be hoping that for Christmas she will at least be reunited with her husband, and his family will be hoping he's well enough today to join them at Sandringham.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:18 PM
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He doesn't look like a ginger. It appears those claims have been greatly exaggerated. I'm not sure black-and-white photos scream holiday cheer. But this couple seems to be partial to black-and-white.
He was definately a ginger last time he was seen in public (Africa)


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Old 12-23-2019, 08:58 PM
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He doesn't look like a ginger. It appears those claims have been greatly exaggerated. I'm not sure black-and-white photos scream holiday cheer. But this couple seems to be partial to black-and-white.
It is a black & white photo so of course we cannot tell if Archie is a ginger or not - from this same photo IMO Prince Harry doesn't look ginger to me either, but I know he is because I know.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:15 PM
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What a great card. Fun.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:31 PM
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I like the card too. Archie is adorable.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:39 PM
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ndringham.html
Interesting, if true. The article says a Sandringham source confirmed Edo and Beatrice arrived last night. I assume Edo’s son must be in the USA w/ his mom’s family?
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:53 PM
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Has Queen Elizabeth II ever had a tree that the little children can decorate with handmade decorations and ornaments?
The Queen's nursery Christmas tree was done as such - in the 60's. They used to make paper chains and the like.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:58 PM
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I like the card too. Archie is adorable.
He is adorable indeed, and looks like such a little character!
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