The Queen’s Christmas message has been broadcast on television and radio in the United Kingdom and around the Commonwealth.
Recorded at Buckingham Palace, the 2015 Christmas message features The Queen’s reflection of events which have happened over the past year, as well as looking on forwards.
The 89-year-old Monarch’s religious beliefs played a big part in this year’s message, much more than in previous years.
Her Majesty spoke of the troubles that people have been subjected to from the past year and quoted a verse which she said gave hope.
She said: “It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it'”.
Her Majesty also reflected on the fact that this year marks 70 years since the end of the Second World War and she extended her thanks to those who took part in the conflict and the sacrifices they made.
A Christmas Day message has been delivered by the monarch to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth most years since 1932.
The first Christmas message was broadcast over 80 years ago over the radio from Sandringham by the Queen’s grandfather George V. This was one of the defining moments of the 20th century and set out a long lasting tradition that no monarch has broken.
The 2015 Christmas message was produced by ITN and was broadcast today at 15:00 GMT on BBC1, ITV, Sky 1 and Sky News, as well as BBC Radio 4 and Classic FM.
The speech is expected to be one of the most watched and listened to the programs of the festive period. 7.8 million viewers tuned in last year from the UK alone.