The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip recently underwent an emergency heart surgery after experiencing serious chest pains last Friday night.
Hours after his surgery though, the Prince was demanding to be released from hospital to spend time with his family over the festive season.
Prince Phillip who is 90-years old said from his bed at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, ‘I feel fine’,
‘I don’t want to make a fuss. I just want to go home.’
The Queen made sure her husband was not alone and she flew 60 miles by helicopter from Sandringham on Christmas Eve to be with her husband of 64 years.
At the Queens request, prayers were said for the Duke during a community service at St Mary Magdalene Church yesterday morning.
The Queen wore a lavender wool boucle coat by Karl Ludwig, upon which she had pinned a diamond shell brooch with a pearl at the centre, with a matching white and ivory hat by Angela Kelly.
She was surrounded by three of her grandchildren, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Wessexes’ daughter Lady Louise Windsor.
After returning to the main house for Christmas lunch and the Queen’s Speech on television, the royal grandchildren left the family gathering to visit Prince Philip in hospital, arriving at 4.14pm.
The Queen said, ‘In this past year my family and I have been inspired by the courage and hope we have seen in so many ways in Britain, in the Commonwealth and around the world,’
‘We’ve seen that it’s in hardship that we often find strength from our families; it’s in adversity that new friendships are sometimes formed; and it’s in a crisis that communities break down barriers and bind together to help one another.
‘Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.’
She continued saying, ‘The importance of family has, of course, come home to Prince Philip and me personally this year with the marriages of two of our grandchildren, each in their own way a celebration of the God-given love that binds a family together.
This Christmas also marks Kate’s first celebration as a member of the Royal Family.
Kate, 29, looked beautiful in a plum-colored Jane Corbett hat with a knee-length coat in a slightly darker shade
She also wore charcoal opaque tights and black suede platform heels from LK Bennett. The Duchess also wore a pair of diamond drop earrings.
The other royals who attended the celebration included Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall, the Countess of Wessex, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge.
Prince Harry was looking handsome as always. The girls went wild when they saw the Prince. Harry gave one of his fans a kiss which caused other fans to ask for a kiss too. The charming Prince blushed and said, ‘I can’t give you a kiss. I’ve already kissed her.’
Alison Croose, from King’s Lynn, said, ‘I have not seen crowds like this since back into the Diana days.
‘It reminded me of the Diana years – when she introduced Prince William to the crowds when he was about seven or eight. It was touching. Diana used to have her hand on his back.
Thousands of people came to see the royal crowd and to catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Happy holidays to all.