The Queen's Christmas Day message 1957-2012

The Queen’s Christmas Day message 2012

If you happen to be one of the few that missed the Queen’s annual Christmas Day message, eagerly awaiting the broadcast of Doctor Who “The Snowman”, Downton Abbey Christmas Special, Call the Midwife Christmas Special and/or The Royle Family Christmas Special, to name a few, you missed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the annual Christmas Day Message…in 3D this year, no less.

A far cry from the initial televised speech in 1957, palace officials suggested she try 3D, to celebrate how far technology has advanced during her reign. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “We wanted to do something a bit different and special in this jubilee year, so doing it for the first time in 3D seemed a good thing, technology-wise, to do. The Queen absolutely agreed straight away – there was no need for convincing at all – she was absolutely ready to embrace something new this year.”

Looking back on the Diamond Jubilee, the Queen paid tribute to Team GB, speaking of the “splendid summer of sport” while recognizing the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. She also thanked everyone for helping celebrate her Diamond Jubilee this year.

The Queen’s Christmas Day message 1957

In 1957, the 25th anniversary of the first Christmas broadcast, delivered by her grandfather, King George V in 1932 and in what is now a far cry from today’s 3-D technology, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II participated in the very first televised Christmas broadcast. The Queen spoke from a desk in the long library at Sandringham House in Norfolk, on which there were pictures of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Christmas cards were displayed in the background.

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