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Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen in royal blue for this year’s Christmas broadcast

Royal blue is the royal pick for this year’s Christmas broadcast. The Queen has chosen a dress first worn in 2013 for her annual speech to the Commonwealth.

Her Majesty filmed the speech at Windsor Castle where she is seen in deep blue cashmere, designed by her dresser, Angela Kelly. It’s the third time in ten years that she’s picked blue for her Christmas broadcast, last choosing the shade in 2015 for her festive speech.

She is also wearing an historic piece of jewellery for the broadcast. The sapphire and diamond brooch nestling on her shoulder was a gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria.

In extracts of the speech, released on Christmas Eve, the Queen reflects on the difficult year experienced by many including her own family. As she reflects on the past twelve months, she says ‘The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.”

Her Majesty also looks back at one of the main events of 2019, commemorations marking three quarters of a century since D-Day and adds “For the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formerly been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them. . . by being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.” 

The full speech will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 3pm UK time.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.