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Oh, 2018: Twitter BLASTS Queen Elizabeth For Being ‘Out Of Touch’ Over Annual Christmas Message

Even poor Queen Elizabeth can’t catch a break from the Twitter hordes.

The British monarch, who delivers an annual “Christmas message” designed to cheer and delight her royal subjects with news of hope for the upcoming year, this year preached togetherness and unity in the wake of the Brexit fight currently upending the U.K.’s Parliament.

“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 greater understanding,” remarked Queen Elizabeth, who has reigned over the U.K. since just after World War II.

But some of those subjects found the Queen’s annual address distasteful this year and took to social media to blast the monarch for daring to give the speech in one of her royal palaces — Buckingham Palace — in front of a gilded piano, a museum piece that dates back all the way to Queen Victoria.

The U.K.’s Mirror reports that the hate flowed through Twitter, with one social media user proclaiming, “Always warms an old republican’s heart to see the billionaire head of an antiquated institution, surrounding themselves with gold in their modest 775-roomed detached home, while others are f***ing struggling to make ends meet.”

Another: “Queen says, from her humble and modest surroundings, family kept her ‘well occupied’ over the year. I suspect the thousands of mums and dads that use food banks and struggle on Universal Credit each week could say the same.”

And another: “I don’t understand the criticism old Mrs Windsor is getting over her gold piano while she lectures her subjects. It’s a fairly standard piece of furniture. I keep mine next to my diamond encrusted microwave.”

The Mirror adds that the Queen’s net worth is around $600 million.

The criticism is, of course, unlikely to bother the Queen, and not just because she’s, well, the Queen. The British royal family has only official social media presences. None of the members are allowed to have a personal profile on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. In fact, when actress Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry last year, she was forced to shutter her popular “influencer” Instagram account and abide by the palace’s strict social media guidelines.

The piano also isn’t the Queen’s personal plaything; it’s part of the royal collection, and was purchased by Queen Victoria in the 19th century.

“It is made of mahogany, satinwood and pine, with brass and gilt bronze mounts, gilded and varnished,” the Mirror reports. “It is decorated with elaborate oil scenes on the lids and sides and finished off with a varnish. It underwent a major restoration with cleaning and repair prior to featuring in a Victoria and Albert exhibition which was held in The Queen’s Gallery in 2010.”

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