THE Queen will refer to her family's “bumpy” 2019 and the nation's Brexit divisions in her Christmas Day TV message.
The year has been labelled her second “annus horribilis” — the Latin phrase she used to describe 1992 after the marriages of three of her children collapsed.
This time, son Prince Andrew , 59 — missing from family photos seen during the broadcast — has been mired in the scandal of his friendship with US paedo Jeffrey Epstein and claims that he slept with a teen sex slave.
Brexit has divided the country and Parliament, leading to huge uncertainty.
But speaking about the life of Jesus and the importance of reconciliation in tomorrow's broadcast to the nation and the Commonwealth, the Queen will say "how 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."
Her Majesty's comment is thought to be her first public reference to the personal events her family has experienced this year.
As well as Andrew being missing, there is no picture of Harry and Meghan on show during the Windsor Castle recording after they took themselves off to Canada.
Last year she had two — an official wedding portrait of the Sussexes and a family pic of them celebrating Charles ' s 70th birthday.
There is also a black and white image of the Queen's father King George VI sending a message of hope and reassurance to the British people in wartime 1944.
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The Queen will highlight the 75th anniversary of World War Two 's D-Day landings, and how former “sworn enemies” joined together in friendly commemorations to mark the milestone in 2019.
Meanwhile, Prince Philip, 98, has spent a fourth night in hospital for treatment relating to a “pre-existing condition”.
It was not known when he would be discharged but it was looking increasingly unlikely he would join the Queen, 93, for the traditional family gathering at her Sandringham estate.
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