Today was a day of festivity for all. As is traditional for commonwealth countries, the day also consists of a special Christmas Message from Her Majesty The Queen. For many, the day would not be complete without it.
This year’s message focused upon the year’s special events. Highlighting the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic games as binding forces.
The Speech began with the traditional video of the Royal Standard graciously fluttering in the wind, before the British Paraorchestra piped up with a version of the national anthem, played wonderfully might I add.
“This past year has been one of great celebration for many”, were Her Majesty’s opening words this year, a variation on last year’s opening: “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”.
Her Majesty even passed comment on how touched she was by public support at her Diamond Jubilee, saying “It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me sixty years ago”.
It is also worth noting that this year’s speech was broadcast in 3D on the BBC 3D channel as well as being available in the usual SD and HD formats.
This year’s message was recorded in the white drawing room in Buckingham Palace. The British Panorchestra recorded their version of the national anthem in the ballroom, a room that was once regarded as the biggest and most grand room in London.
At the end, Gareth Malone’s Military Wives’ Choir performed a rendition of carol, ‘In the bleak mid-winter’.
It is a well-known fact that Her Majesty writes all her own Christmas Messages, in stark contrast to at the State Opening Of Parliament where the speech The Queen reads out is prepared by the Government.
Coincidentally, this year’s broadcast also marks the 80th year since The Queen’s grandfather, King George V made the first Royal Christmas Broadcast over the radio, seemingly quite apt to introduce the new medium of 3D.
Below is a version of the Queen’s message, supplied by ITN via YouTube.