It’s one of the most popular and eagerly-anticipated traditions of Christmas Day – The Queen’s speech.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas speech will take place for the 69th time. The first arrived in 1957, some five years after her coronation.
Following the loss of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the continuing impact of Covid-19, this year’s royal address will no doubt be more emotional
But that hasn’t stopped The Queen from cancelling her traditional pre-Christmas lunch with other members of the Royal Family at Bucking Palace.
Her Christmas speech will, however, go ahead as planned.
What time is it and where can you watch it? Here’s all you need to know.
What time is The Queen’s Christmas speech?
The Queen’s speech will be broadcast on multiple television channels at 3pm on Saturday, December 25.
Since it was first televised by the BBC, 3pm has always been the scheduled time for The Queen’s royal message.
“I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct,” The Queen said in her first broadcast.
The Queen’s Christmas speeches have not been broadcast live since 1960 when Buckingham Palace began to have them pre-recorded.
How can I watch The Queen’s Christmas speech?
The Queen’s speech will be broadcast on BBC One, ITV, Sky One and Sky News. It will also be available to listeners on BBC Radio 4.
Anyone watching on mobile devices or online can watch the royal address on the Royal Family YouTube channel and on their Facebook page.
What will The Queen say in her speech?
The exact details will remain under wraps until 3pm on Christmas Day, as is the case every year..
But given the events of the past year – and in particular the death of Prince Philip on April 9 – The Queen may take the rare opportunity to personalise her speech and to pay tribute to her husband.
The Queen’s ‘irritation’ over the lack of climate action taken by governments present could also feature and would certainly be topical in the wake of COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Last year, The Queen used her speech to express gratitude to the hard work of NHS workers and frontline staff contending with the horrors of a global health emergency.
The continued impact of Covid is likely to feature prominently once again in HRH’s reflection on the past year.
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