Queen Elizabeth Hints at Meghan Markle's Baby and Growing Royal Family in Christmas Address

Queen Elizabeth II Hints at Meghan Markle's Baby in Christmas Address
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018, in London, England. The queen referenced Markle's baby in her annual Christmas address to the public. Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth celebrated matters of family and unity during her annual Christmas address on Tuesday, and the monarch candidly noted how busy her growing family has kept her this year in particular.

"It has been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon," the 92-year-old said in her address to the country. "It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied."

Along with the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child, 8-month-old son Prince Louis, the queen's granddaughter Zara Tindell also welcomed her second daughter, Lena Elizabeth, with husband Mike Tindall in June. Now the queen is expecting yet another great-grandchild when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their first child together sometime next spring.

The couple's baby news came just five months after they tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie also married her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, at the same location this fall.

With family in mind, Elizabeth continued her yearly Christmas message touching on the importance of kinship during life's most difficult moments.

"Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards a greater understanding," she said.

Elizabeth has delivered the holiday message every year since she took the throne in 1953, with the exception of Christmas 1969 when a royal documentary was slated to air during the same time as the queen's speech. The queen's address to the public was first televised in 1957.