Following the tradition that was started in 1932 by her father, King George V, Her Majesty The Queen broadcast her inaugural Christmas Message live on the radio from her study at Sandringham, Norfolk in 1952. The Queen began: “Each Christmas, at this time, my beloved father broadcast a message to his people in all parts of the world. Today I am doing this to you, who are now my people.”
Thankfully, this “new medium” of television, as The Queen put it some 59 years ago in 1957, took hold thus allowing for The Queen’s Happy Christmas message to be seen and not just heard each year on Christmas Day. This first televised Christmas broadcast by The Queen was also filmed at Sandringham House in Norfolk in 1957. I love her calling television a landmark as it allowed “so many of you to see me”.
And, now, The Queen reflects on the year’s events in her 2016 message!
For the inner-Anglophile in all of us, here’s a comprehensive transcript list of all Christmas message’s from The Queen from her initial message following the death of her father, King George VI in 1952 to present day.
Happy Christmas to all from Tellyspotting! and, Her Majesty The Queen.