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Christmas in the Royal Collection

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast

Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas broadcast has become a part of Christmas festivities both in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Following the first Christmas Broadcast given by King George V in 1932, his granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, has continued the tradition using the medium of radio, television and more recently the internet to speak directly to the public. The Queen has embraced advances in technology to deliver the broadcast and 2012 was the first year in which viewers could watch The Queen in 3D. But despite these changes, The Queen’s message during the Broadcast seeks to reaffirm the core values of human kindness and interaction, not just at Christmas but at all times of the year. Now, as an established Christmas tradition, the Christmas Broadcast provides an opportunity for The Queen to communicate her reflections about events that have unfolded over the course of the year and her hopes for the future both in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

1952 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen's first Christmas message

1957 Christmas Broadcast

The first Royal Christmas Message to be televised

1966 Christmas Broadcast

The final black-and-white Christmas Broadcast

1970 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen used her 1970 broadcast to celebrate the Commonwealth

1986 Christmas Broadcast

The 1986 Christmas message was filmed at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

1988 Christmas Broadcast

The Queen showed one of her favourite works in the Royal Collection to highlight the story of Christmas

Christmas Broadcasts before HM The Queen

British Broadcasting Corporation

King George VI (1895-1952)