The British prince Andrew did not appear on Wednesday during the traditional walk of the royal family to the church on the Sandringham estate where a Christmas service was held. He had chosen to attend a previous service.
Andrew resigned his official duties last month, following a disastrous TV interview about, among other things, his friendship with convicted American pedosexual Jeffrey Epstein. The second son of Queen Elizabeth is also accused of abusing minor girls.
In addition to Andrew, the older man of the Queen was also missing at the Christmas service. Prince Philip (98) spent the last few days as a precaution in the hospital where he was being treated for an ‘existing condition’. More was not disclosed about this. Philip was taken to Sandringham by helicopter on Tuesday.
In her Christmas message, Elizabeth stopped at the first moon landing on Wednesday afternoon, this year fifty years ago.
She also highlighted the D-Day commemoration, 75 years ago, in which British, American and Canadian soldiers went ashore in occupied France and thus initiated the liberation.
“The past year was” quite bumpy “,” Elizabeth said, possibly a disguised reference to the Brexit problems and complications in her family. She called on everyone to “put aside differences of opinion and come together in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation.”
The 93-year-old princess praised the commitment of young people to the environment and the climate. She also said that she and her husband, “two hundred years after the birth of my great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria”, are overjoyed with the birth of their eighth great-grandchild Archie, the son of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan.