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Royal Central’s Countdown to Christmas: Day Three

As you open the third door on your chocolate advent calendar, immerse yourself as Royal Central continues its unique countdown to Christmas by taking a look at some very memorable Royal years. The year we are choosing to remember today is 1957.

Firstly what did The Queen have to say?

The Queen’s Christmas message, as mentioned, was the first to be televised and also marked the 25th anniversary of the Christmas message. It was read from the Long Library at Sandringham House. The Queen noted the milestone and the advancements in technology that made it possible for the Christmas message to be televised.

 And what happened in that year?
  •  9th January- Anthony Eden resigns as Prime Minister due to ill health.
  • 11th February- There was an earthquake in the East Midlands.
  • 6th March- Ghana becomes independent of the United Kingdom.
  • 11th April- The British government agrees to allow Singapore its independence.
  • 14th May- The end of petrol rationing following the Suez Crisis.
  • 27th June- A report by the Medical Research Council reveals that there is evidence to support the link between smoking and lung cancer.
  • 20th July- Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes a very optimistic speech to his fellow party members at Bedford. He said that “most of our people have never had it so good”.
  • 31st August- The Federation of Malaya becomes independent from Britain.
  • 10th September- Tony Lock becomes the last bowler to reach 200 wickets in a first class season.
  • 30th October- The government unveils plans which will allow women to join the House of Lords for the first time.
  • 8th November- An investigation in to the Windscale nuclear power plant blames the accident on human error, poor management and faulty instruments.
  • 4th December- The Lewisham rail crash kills ninety people and injures 173.
And just what happened Royally?
  • On 6th February 1957 Her Majesty The Queen was celebrating five years on the Throne.
  • It was a year of tours for Her Majesty The Queen and her family. Visits in 1957 included the Home Fleet in Invergordon, Building Exhibition in London, The Royal Show at Norwich and Harlow New Town.
  • The Queen Mother accompanied by Princess Margaret opens the Lloyds building.
  • The Queen Mother made a visit to Rhodesia.
  • Princess Margaret visited Mauritius and East Africa.
  • On the 6th June 1957, Princess Margaret visited Coventry. She was accompanied around the city by the Mayor of Coventry.
  • On 25th December 1957, the annual Christmas message was broadcast on television for the first time. Her Majesty The Queen was on camera delivering the speech.

Featured Photo Credit: Tom Page

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