What Time Is the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day?

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The Queen's Speech is traditionally broadcast at 3:00 PM GMT on Christmas Day. The scheduled time was originally chosen for the first royal Christmas speech broadcast over the radio by King George V, Queen Elizabeth II's grandfather, in 1932.

Queen Elizabeth II carried on the royal family's tradition with her first speech, broadcast by radio in 1952. Her first televised speech was broadcast from the royals' winter home, Sandringham House in Norfolk, in 1957. Queen Elizabeth has since continued the tradition, delivering her personal Christmas message each year with the exception of 1969, when she wrote her message in place of a personal appearance.