Queen in her holiday finery

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II leaves St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in Norfolk, England, Tuesday after attending the Christmas day service.

SANDRINGHAM, Eng­land (AP) — Queen Eliz­a­beth II wove personal re­flec­tions into the latest edi­tion of her annual Christ­mas message, say­ing she hoped her long life brought a measure of wis­dom and noting her grand­chil­dren’s con­trib­utions to Britain’s royal family.

The 92-year-old queen, the world’s long­est-reign­ing living mon­arch, also included the cus­tom­ary tribute to military per­son­nel and wishes for world peace in the message, which was pre-recorded at Buckingham Palace and televised Tuesday.

“Some cultures believe a long life brings wisdom,” she said. “I’d like to think so. Per­haps part of that wisdom is to recognize some of life’s baffling paradoxes, such as the way human beings have a huge propensity for good and yet a capacity for evil.”

On a lighter note, the queen listed the House of Wind­sor’s 2018 milestones with the same unabashed pride of someone writing their yearly Christmas letter for friends and far-flung relatives.

“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child ex­pect­ed soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well oc­cu­pied,” Elizabeth said, not for­get­ting to mention her own firstborn,

“We have had other cel­e­bra­tions too, including the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales,” otherwise known as heir to the throne Prince Charles.

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