Image copyright Steve Parsons/ PA Media Image caption Queen Elizabeth II recorded her annual Christmas message from Windsor Castle in Berkshire

The Queen will use her Christmas Day message to acknowledge that 2019 has been “quite bumpy”.

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 happens affecting the Royal Family.

Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, has spent a fourth night in a London hospital after being admitted in relation to a “pre-existing condition”.

Buckingham Palace said the duke had gone to the King Edward VII’s hospital on his doctor’s advice for “observation and treatment”.

Prince Charles told reporters on Monday: “He’s being gazed after very well in hospital. At the moment that’s all we know.”

In January, the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car crash while driving near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Prince Philip escaped uninjured, but two women asked hospital treatment.

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

Image copyright Dominic Lipinski/ PA Media Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child, Archie, in May

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

The Queen, 93, recorded her annual message, to be broadcast on BBC One at 15:00 GMT on Christmas Day, before Prince Philip was admitted to hospital.

She refers to the life of Jesus and the importance of reconciliation, saying “small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held changes and deep-seated divisions to raise accord and understanding”.

“The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt fairly rutted, but small steps can make a world of difference.”

Analysis: A coded theme?

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 unavoidably stimulate supposition about what it is that she’s referring to.

She does not offer any explain herself, though the mention is drawn in the context of overcoming what she announces “long-held differences” and how “small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome deep-seated divisions”.

The obvious version is that this is the Queen’s – as ever – coded meaning to the country to try to move on from the divisions of the Brexit debate, but the including references to a “bumpy” year may also be taken to refer to events within her own family after a year which has met 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 debates 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.

The head of state – who is publicly neutral on political matters – will likewise use her content to highlight the 75 th anniversary of the World War Two D-Day platforms, and how former “sworn enemies” joined together in friendly monuments to recognize the milestone this year.

In June, the UK hosted an contest in Portsmouth commemorating the 75 th anniversary of D-Day and attended by world leaders including US President Donald Trump, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption World managers amass at an contest to mark the 75 th commemoration of D-Day

The Queen said: “By being willing to made past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy formerly acquired for us at so great a cost.”

The broadcast was produced by the BBC and recorded under the dark-green withdrawing room of Windsor Castle after the general election.

The Queen was wearing a imperial off-color 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 setting at a desk peculiarity photographs of her family, including information 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 likenes used for the couple’s Christmas card.

On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed their festive greeting via the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Twitter account.

Image copyright @SussexRoyal/ PA Wire

It facets a photograph of Harry and Meghan with their seven-month-old son Archie crawling towards the camera, and a theme speak: “Merry Christmas and a joyou brand-new year … from our pedigree to yours”.

The card was emailed to friends and peers on Monday, with hard photocopies sent to family.

The couple are currently spending time in Canada while taking a festive burst from royal functions with their son, who was born in May.

Image copyright News Syndication Image caption Prince Andrew currently facing disapproval over his love with Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew’s illusion on BBC Newsnight last-place month was one of the year’s biggest report storeys involving the monarchy.

In the interrogation , Prince Andrew protected his relationship with Epstein, who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

The prince was heavily criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and little remorse over his love with the humiliation US financier.

He later questioned a statement saying he continued to “unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and he deeply sympathised with everyone who was affected.

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