It’s been over 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s first Christmas broadcast.
The official Royal Family account on Instagram shared a photo from the monarch’s original address in 1957 in the lead-up to her 2019 televised address.
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1957 saw The Queen’s first televised Christmas message, broadcast live from the Long Library at Sandringham, Norfolk. The Queen’s grandfather, King George V broadcast the first Christmas message in 1932. The text for King George’s speech was written by poet and writer Rudyard Kipling and included the words, “I speak now from my home and from my heart to you all.” . Follow #ARoyalChristmas throughout December 🎄 and watch the 1957 broadcast in full via the link in our bio ✨
Elizabeth was only 26 when she did her first Christmas TV broadcast. She made her first-ever radio broadcast in 1952.
In last year’s broadcast, the Queen said, “Through the many changes I have seen over the years—faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”
The Queen’s 2019 address will be broadcast on Christmas Day.