What time is the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day and what is Her Royal Highness' theme this year?December 13, 2018
What time is the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day?
The Queen’s Christmas Message in 2018 will be broadcast at 3pm on BBC1, ITV, Sky 1 and Sky News. It will last approximately ten minutes.
The speech will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
In 1932, King George V gave the speech as a radio broadcast, with Queen Elizabeth II continuing the tradition, delivering the speech every year since 1952 – apart from in 1969.
The speech first came to television screens in 1957.
What is the Queen's theme this year?
The theme of Her Majesty's speech is yet to be confirmed.
However, as the speech usually looks back at the biggest events of the past 12 months, it’s likely she’ll give a mention to Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in May 2018 and the birth of Prince Louis in April.
The Queen may also mention Prince William becoming the first member of the royal family to travel to Israel on official business, Princess Eugenie’s marriage to Jack Brooksbank, Prince Charles’ 70th Birthday and Meghan’s pregnancy.
Why was there no Queen’s Christmas speech in 1969?
In 1969, the Queen wrote her Christmas address rather than televise it.
The decision to forego the 1969 broadcast was made to avoid “overexposure” to the media.
That year, there had been a special and revealing documentary, entitled Royal Family, shown in connection with the investiture of the Prince of Wales – so the Palace decided there would be no Christmas broadcast.
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