The Queen will use her Christmas broadcast to reflect on prominent events from the past year.
The Queen will reflect on prominent events from the past year during her Christmas broadcast – from the service that marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation to the birth of Prince George.
The Queen’s traditional message to the nation has the theme of reflection and will also feature her contemplating the role of the Commonwealth and looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games being staged in Glasgow next year.
During the broadcast, recorded earlier this month in Buckingham Palace, the Queen says: “We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection.
“With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.”
The Queen’s great-grandson George was born on July 22 and, talking about the changes a baby brings, the Queen says “… the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope”.
During the broadcast, behind-the-scenes footage will be shown of the photo shoot at Clarence House that marked the christening of the infant prince.
William and Kate’s son was christened in October at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, as his immediate family – the Middletons and the royals – watched Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby perform the ceremony.
Later that day a historic picture of four generations of the royal family – the Queen, the Prince of Wales, William and George – was taken to mark the baby’s christening.
The Queen was crowned on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey, in the same place of worship the nation gathered to commemorate the historic event during the summer.
The Christmas address is written by the Queen and usually has a strong religious framework, reflects present issues and draws on her own experiences over the past year.
The speech is one of the rare occasions when she does not turn to the government for advice but is able to voice her own views.
The Queen’s traditional message was produced this year by the BBC and recorded in Buckingham Palace’s blue drawing room.
The room features a large Christmas tree decorated with coloured baubles and next to the Queen, who delivers her message while seated, is a table that features pictures of her immediate family.
The historic picture showing four generations of the royal family is flanked on one side by a black-and-white image of her father George VI, and on the other by a similar photograph of her mother, the Queen Mother.
The message will be transmitted on television and radio and then be available on the Royal Channel on YouTube and also shown in Commonwealth countries.