Will The Queen Spend Christmas At Home Or Will She Be Broadcasting Live? Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message
For many Britons, Christmas is never complete without the Queen’s Christmas Message. Over the past decades, the Queen’s Christmas Message has become a British tradition, as people from the nation and abroad tune in to listen to the Queen’s speech.
The first Christmas Broadcast was delivered by Her Majesty’s grandfather George V in 1932.
Since then it has evolved into an important part of the Christmas Day celebrations, for many in the UK & around the world.
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— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 17, 2018
While the broadcast’s theme always differs from one year to the next, the Queen’s Christmas Message is always an opportunity for the Queen to reflect on major events from the year while she gives her two cents on the meaning of Christmas.
The Queen’s Christmas Message in 2017 focused on ‘home’
In 2017, the Queen’s speech was special. She brought the message back home by focusing on the meaning of Christmas as a season that reminds people of where they grew up.
Touching on the terror attacks that took place in her homeland, the Queen called on people to have pride in their nation and appealed to their power to emerge from such challenges. From her message, which reminded people about the beauty of love and their heritage, she inspired others to look forward to lovely times with their families.
People are attached to the Queen’s Christmas Message
For many, the Christmas speech is special, since it is one of the few times the Queen gets to share her ideas without her ministers’ advice, making it the best representation of her thoughts as a monarch.
Christmas Day is not complete until the Sovereign has spoken to us all 🇬🇧
— Dave Underwood (@daveunder) December 17, 2018
To most people, their attachment to the Christmas Message is irreplaceable, since they always look forward to the address.
Every year at Christmas 🎄 🎄 🎄 , I really look forward to hear the Queen’s speech👸🏻 👑 ! There’s always something very enlightening, inspiring & encouraging in her🎄speech! May I take this opportunity at this special season to thank Your Majesty, also a chance to see you on tv!
— Lin Tsang (@LinYltsang238) December 18, 2018
For others, Queen Elizabeth’s speech is part of their Christmas tradition.
I have been watching this since I was born. My oh-so-English grandparents had our whole household come to a stop when The Queen’s Message was broadcast. I cannot imagine the day without hearing from Her Majesty. Long may She reign!
— debra (@just_debra) December 17, 2018
Some people don’t mind that the speech is no longer live since the Queen also deserves to spend the Christmas season at home with her family.
People that complain it’s not live anymore really annoying me. So what it’s recorded, The Queen is 92 and as a Nan, and great Nan should rightly be spending it with her family.
— The show must go on (@mev202) December 17, 2018
The Queen’s message truly inspires many people. The fact that it has become a tradition for many families in Britain is proof that it is part of the nation’s culture and heritage.
Other leaders also inspire their citizens
Around the world, other leaders took after the Queen’s example, taking a moment during Christmas to step away from politics to appeal to humanity and to recognize the various achievements experienced in the year.
In 2012, President Obama and his wife Michelle focused on joy as a theme to promote the spirit of giving, service, and homecoming.
In 2018, President Donald Trump similarly celebrated people who gave their service to prepare for Christmas and focused his address on the Christian origins of the holiday.
Christmas is indeed a joyous season of giving, kindness, and love, where we are reminded of our obligation and connection to each other. However, for the Queen, addressing the nation and the world is a great privilege that she always cherishes.
So, will you be tuning in for the Queen’s Christmas Message this year?