The Queen addressed the United Kingdom at Christmas in a speech assuring citizens that they are "not alone," but rather than focus on the positive aspects of her speech, people could only say one thing about it...
The Queen gave her all-important speech a few days ago.
via: GettyThe monarch addressed the nation with news of hope and light after a turbulent year...
But it was not as well-received as she may have hoped.
via: GettyEven though Her Royal Highness gave thanks to emergency service staff and essential workers that have been key in the progress of the country doing the pandemic, ultimately it was overshadowed by something else.
And not only that...
via: GettyBut the montage played during it raised some serious concerns about how the royal family was trying its best not to address obvious issues.
It was all pretty awkward to hear...
via: GettyKeep scrolling for a video of the full speech given on Christmas Day.
It seems the Queen was getting into the festive spirit pretty early on this year.
via: GettyWindsor Castle had a complete Christmas makeover before the big day!
It was the first time in over 3 decades that Queen Elizabeth spent the holiday at the residence.
Instead, she and her husband, Prince Philip, stayed at Windsor Castle, where they have spent much of their time in lockdown since March.
via: Getty Images"Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.
The last time the Queen spent Christmas in Windsor was 1987...
via: Getty ImagesSo this year was a real blast from the past.
A royal source spoke to PEOPLE Magazine about the decision:
The palace was already decked out with festive decorations...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the signature of the festivities: a giant Christmas tree.
The Royal Collection Trust shared a video showcasing this year's Christmas tree...
via: Getty ImagesFrom it being cut down in Windsor Great Park to the tree taking its pride of place.
The twenty-foot Norwegian spruce well and truly wowed royal fans.
via: GettyBut of course, it did not come without its criticisms.
On Instagram, the royal family shared a snap last year with a montage of several images from the Queen's annual Christmas broadcast... and it recently resurfaced.
via: Getty ImagesOne of which caused a stir after eagle-eyed fans noticed the absence of a photo of Prince Harry, Meghan, and Archie. Yikes.
And this year seems to have been a repeat.
What I heard listening to the queen’s speech. https://t.co/GvIkwcxnru— DAZ M. YNWA❤️ (@DAZ M. YNWA❤️)1609087537.0
The Queen's Speech is on? Nah I'm watching Breaking Bad— Dave (@Dave)1608908657.0
#christmasdaytv Treachery, betrayal, plotting, violence and bad news abounds - and that was just the Queen’s speech!— Steve Barker (@Steve Barker)1608973021.0
just watched the Queen's Christmas Speech which she broadcast about difficult times from her gold plated castle— Christy Christina (@Christy Christina)1609180194.0
I've never actually watched the Queen's Christmas speech. Is that bad?— Becca 🇻🇦 (@Becca 🇻🇦)1608730243.0
@Matthew82069336 The Royal Family underpin everything that is rotten about Britain. Pictures of the Queen’s speech… https://t.co/sva4zwvirP— LaFranglaise 💙 #FBPE #FBPA (@LaFranglaise 💙 #FBPE #FBPA)1609239861.0
@KellyQuilt This is why I thought the Queen’s speech was a load of bollocks frankly,all this talk of unity and indo… https://t.co/yai4XFfHTh— hence1970 (@hence1970)1609231401.0
I’m gonna tell mine kids that this was the Queen’s Christmas speech https://t.co/kzAuoIsH0M— Tigger - One eye willow stan (@Tigger - One eye willow stan)1609218390.0
Just caught up with the Queen's Speech. Surprised it wasn't a duet with Ed fucking Sheeran.— Tim Bolton (@Tim Bolton)1609151823.0
The ninety-four-year-old monarch tried her best to bring some hope back into the lives of the British...
via: YouTubeIn the speech given on Christmas Day, she said: "Remarkably, a year that has necessarily kept people apart has, in many ways, brought us closer. Across the Commonwealth, my family and I have been inspired by stories of people volunteering in their communities, helping those in need."
via: YouTube"In the United Kingdom and around the world, people have risen magnificently to the challenges of the year, and I am so proud and moved by this quiet, indomitable spirit. To our young people in particular I say thank you for the part you have played."
"This year, we celebrated International Nurses' Day, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale."
via: YouTube"As with other nursing pioneers like Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale shone a lamp of hope across the world. "Today, our frontline services still shine that lamp for us - supported by the amazing achievements of modern science - and we owe them a debt of gratitude."
"We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that - even on the darkest nights - there is hope in the new dawn."
via: YouTubeAnd at the end, the Christmas message also featured the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, who performed the carol "Joy To The World" from Windsor Castle in their scrubs.
Like everyone else, the Queen is probably wishing this horrid year will come to an end...
via: YouTubeIt comes after many rumors about her and her family's antics have been circulating in the media alongside some pretty damning evidence.
From Prince Andrew's involvement with notorious criminal Jeffery Epstein...
via: GettyTo the drama surrounding Prince Charles' treatment of Princess Diana.
And let's just ignore all the back and forth with former royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
via: GettyIt's been a pretty turbulent year for the royal family.
But as hopeful as this speech sounded, we cannot ignore the statistics.
via: GettyIn the United Kingdom, coronavirus infections are increasing, with a new strain found in the south of England, which has led to a temporary travel ban on citizens of the country.
As well as this, the country also has the worst death toll in all of Europe.
via: GettyAccording to the official count, the United Kingdom has seen over 71,000 deaths since March and has over 2 million current cases.