Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Queen's Christmas message a Commonwealth tradition

The Queen's annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth is a tradition dating back to 1932. That year, King George V delivered the first Royal Christmas Message via radio. King George VI continued the tradition in 1939, delivering his famous message during the opening stages of the Second World War.

Queen Elizabeth II's first Christmas message was delivered in 1952. Sitting in the same chair and using the same desk as her father and grandfather had previously done, she began with, "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."

The following year, The Queen broadcast her Christmas message from New Zealand. 1957 marked the first televised Royal Christmas Message.

The advent of new media in 21st century means that The Queen's Christmas message is not only broadcast on television and radio, but is also available for podcast download and shown on YouTube.

Over the years, the The Queen's Christmas messages have chronicled both the life of the Commonwealth and of the Crown. The broadcast is one of the rare occasions when The Queen does not speak on government advice. Instead, The Queen gives her own views on events and developments which are of concern both to Her Majesty and the public.

The Queen's message has always been a "must-see" on the Finch Christmas calendar and one of the highlights of my day.

This year's Christmas message will be broadcast on CBC (main network) Christmas Day at noon and repeated at 11 p.m. CBC News Network will carry the broadcast at noon, as well.

On behalf of the Monarchist League of Canada, I wish you a Merry Christmas. All the best in 2010.

Robert (The D.C.)

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