Watch the Queen’s first televised Christmas speech from 1957

By Heather Cichowski

Watching the Queen’s Christmas broadcast is a tradition for many families during the holiday period. We still have a couple of weeks before Her Majesty delivers the 2019 Christmas speech, but royal fans can watch her very first broadcast from 1957.

The Royal Family’s Twitter account recently reflected back on the first-ever Christmas speech broadcast on television.

The tweet shows a black-and-white image of viewers watching the Queen deliver her speech that year. And we're able to watch archival footage online thanks to YouTube!

The Queen's Christmas speech was delivered live at Sandringham in Norfolk. The black-and-white video starts with a view of the grounds. Her Majesty is seen in the Long Library and she begins by wishing everyone a “Happy Christmas.”

The Royal Family Twitter says King George V, the Queen’s grandfather, began the annual tradition in 1932. Her Majesty gave her first radio broadcast in 1952, when she was just 26 years old.

Queen Elizabeth II making her first Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham House in 1952. Photo: © Fox Photos/Getty Images

The young monarch was 31 years old when she delivered her first televised broadcast. In the speech, Her Majesty highlights how it made it possible to reach a larger audience.

“I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct,” she said.

The Queen’s Christmas speech broadcast from 1957. Photo: © Keystone/Getty Images/Anwar Hussein Collection/WireImage

In 2018, the Queen’s Christmas speech highlighted what an eventful year it was for the world and the Royal Family.

“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies and another child expected soon,” she explained in the pre-recorded speech. “It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied.”

The two weddings were the nuptials of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. The two new great-grandchildren were Prince William and Duchess Kate’s son Prince Louis, who was born in April, and Mike and Zara Tindall’s daughter Lena, who followed in June. The Duchess of Sussex was also expecting Archie at the time. She gave birth on May 6, 2019.

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