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Which colour will the Queen wear for the 2019 Christmas Day Speech?

With just two weeks to go until Christmas, minds turn to the important matters of the season. Will the General Election provide a parliament before the turkey is cooked? How many times will the always sugar laden phrase ‘royal cuties’ feature in reviews of the year? And perhaps most pressing of all, which colour will the Queen wear for her Christmas Day Broadcast to Britain and the Commonwealth?

We’ll find out soon enough as previews of the speech are always shared – although the wait might be slightly longer this year as presumably Her Majesty will want the issue of whether her country has a government out of the way before she settles down to share her thoughts on what has been far from the best of years all round. But in the spirit of Christmas and because it comes just once a year, Royal Central offers you the rundown on the shade most likely to be thrown by the Queen when she delivers her annual festive message this year.

The Silver Surfer

The frosty shades of winter have dominated in recent years. In 2018, Her Majesty chose a silver brocade dress for her Christmas message, admittedly while sitting in a room filled to the brim with all things gold. The year before had seen a winter white pick with the Queen in a cream dress studded with gold and bronze embellishments.

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In 2015, the Christmas outfit everyone was talking about was a cream textured dress while in 2012, the year of her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen chose a silver and white dress. Four out of the last ten Christmas Speeches must make silver the sparkling favourite for 2019.

Royal Blue

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Coming in a very distant second on this royal Christmas list is blue. In 2015, Her Majesty gave her Christmas broadcast wearing a deep turquoise dress with dark blue trim at the neckline. There was another bright blue choice in 2009 for the festive broadcast. It might not be as popular as silver in the royal wardrobe but given that she welcomed a new great grandson this year, might blue for baby boy Archie be the 2019 Christmas selection?

Regal Purple

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It’s been the colour of royalty for centuries and packs a monarchical punch like no other. Given her year has ended by bordering on the horribilis, could the Queen choose purple to reinforce her regal standing as she makes her Christmas speech? If she does move to mauve, she’d be adding to a list that already include a lilac ensemble worn for the 2014 broadcast and a purple coat and dress chosen for the 2010 speech which was recorded at Hampton Court Palace.

The Rest of the Field

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In the past ten years, the Queen has only worn red, that most Christmassy of Christmas colours, once for her speech. In 2011, she made her address in a bright crimson dress. Two years later, she added a dash of spring to her festive wardrobe as she delivered her broadcast in a bright yellow gown.

We’ve only got days to go until we find out this year’s royal pick for the Christmas speech. And if you want to have your say, we’d love to read your comments below or start the debate on our Facebook page, it’s always great to hear from you. Happy Christmas.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is 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, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. 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.