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The Queen's Christmas Message

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The Queen's Christmas Message

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The Queen's Christmas Message

“And a Merry Christmas to you all!”

Those of us who can remember no other monarch than Elizabeth II have come to hear those words as an indelible part of Christmas Day – that 3pm moment when the racket of Top of the Pops was hushed, and the family paid dutiful attention (more or less) to Her Majesty’s Christmas address to the Commonwealth.

It was in 1932 that the Queen’s grandfather, George V, made the first Christmas broadcast from Sandringham. Many families now owned a radio set, and they clustered around it eagerly to hear the King speak his seasonal greetings in the stilted tones of the natural amateur. For a while, George VI abandoned the broadcast, feeling it was associated too strongly in people’s minds with his father, but the tradition was revived in wartime.

Among the more memorable recent broadcasts was that of the “annus horribilis” of 1992, the year of the Windsor Castle fire and Charles and Diana’s separation. With dry understatement, the Queen commented that it was “not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure”.


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Once very an important part of the family christmas tradition. At 3'o'clock, the whole family would gather to hear what our queen would say to the nation. Now it seems that the tradition seems to be ever fading away! We will never forget her "annus-horriblis"

Lana Mercer

A staple of Christmas Day for generations. Christmas Dinner then 3.00 the Queens Speech, followed by Top of the Pops or Billy Smarts Circus!.
Ian Wilson

Every Christmas as a child we had to watch the Queens speech.
Dan Sykes

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer