Some details have been confirmed by various sources about this year’s Christmas broadcast from Her Majesty The Queen.
The message was, this year, recorded and will be broadcast in 3D, a decision which it is said was whole-heartedly supported by Her Majesty. Her use of 3D technology comes 80 years after George V first broadcast a Christmas speech on the radio and started the 25 December tradition.
This year’s message was recorded in Buckingham Palace’s white drawing room with the Queen wearing a fine silk tulle gown by Angela Kelly.
During the address the Queen will say: “As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the achievement and courage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were further inspired by the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes.
The Queen has given a Christmas speech every year of her reign except in 1969 when she issued a written speech instead as documentary ‘Royal Family’ was being broadcast.
Her speeches always have a strong religious message and often focus on the theme of community and friendship, never losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas for Christians.
The Queen herself will obviously have already seen the message, the rest of the Royal Family will sit down at Sandringham at 3pm on Christmas day whilst Her Majesty leaves the room to watch the speech for themselves.
This year’s message, like last year’s, was produced by Sky. The production of the message is supposed to be on a rotation with the BBC doing it one year and ITN the next and then Sky. At the bottom of this post is 2011’s Christmas message, for reference.
The Queen always writes her own speech, she feels this is very important. The message will be transmitted on both television and radio, as usual, at 15:00 GMT on Christmas Day.
It will be available on the Royal Channel on the YouTube website and will also be shown in Commonwealth countries.
We will be providing coverage of this year’s Christmas Speech on our Twitter feed, @RoyalCentralUK from the 3pm starting time.