Queen Elizabeth visited Prince Philip in the hospital on Saturday morning. His recovery is no doubt the very best Christmas present the queen will receive. The 90-year-old prince suffered from chest pains on Friday and underwent emergency heart surgery shortly thereafter.
According to People.com, the queen found her prince resting quite comfortably and her visit was followed closely behind by one from Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward all accompanied Queen Elizabeth during her visit.
Queen Elizabeth's Christmas address will be broadcast throughout the UK on Saturday, and she concentrates on the importance of family--and how the term doesn't necessarily indicate blood relatives. She and the rest of her royal family will participate in their gift exchange on Christmas Eve, which will of course be somewhat overshadowed by the absence of Prince Philip.
Last week Kate Middleton was fretting about what she might give to the queen as a Christmas gift, but her mind was put at ease when she was told that gifts tend to be lighthearted and rather frugal. Frivolity reigns at Christmas as part of the tradition, because as royals they have little to no need for any grand gifts.
The best gift Queen Elizabeth could receive is for Prince Philip to return home to her on Christmas. It sounds like there is a slim chance he will be able to join the family for church on Christmas Day. Nonetheless she is no doubt exceedingly grateful that her prince is by her side (or at least nearby in a hospital bed) for yet another Christmas.
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