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The Queen to film her Christmas broadcast in the coming days

Christmas is a time for honoured traditions, and nothing could be more traditional than Her Majesty’s Christmas Day broadcast.

For over 80 years, the monarch has given a speech to the British public, starting with The Queen’s father, King George V in 1932.

First starting out as a radio broadcast, The Queen’s first televised speech was in 1957.

The pre-recorded message reflects on the past year and looks to the future. It is the one time, according to the BBC, that The Queen does not seek the advice of the government and expresses merely her own thoughts.

The broadcast is kept under tight wraps, so no one knows what The Queen has said until it airs. However, it would be safe to assume The Queen will mention something of her grandson, Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle and London hosting the Commonwealth Nations at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting from 16-20 April 2018.

In The Queen’s 2016 Christmas broadcast she said that she draws strength from “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”.

She said that volunteers, carers, community workers and good neighbours are unsung heroes in society, whose quiet dedication makes them special.

The 90-year-old monarch also paid tribute to Olympians and Paralympians who competed in the Rio Olympics earlier this year.

Last year’s broadcast was filmed in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace earlier in December.

 

 

 

While the broadcast was one of the top watched Christmas specials, Sherlock beat The Queen’s Christmas message in 2016.

The Queen won’t be the only one appearing on the telly this Christmas, the Duchess of Cornwall will be a guest on a Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing.

The festive episode will be broadcast on Christmas Day, and along with the usual dances, will feature a film showing a tea dance at the Palace, hosted by the Duchess.

The stars of Strictly Come Dancing will also be at the event which will highlight the importance of exercising as people get older.

Additional reporting by Charlie Proctor

 

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