Sir, The Queen’s Christmas broadcast is certainly a highlight of this time of year (“For a study in top-notch oratory, watch the Queen at Christmas”, Business Life, December 23). It not only displays the Queen’s skills as an inclusive communicator, but also is an interesting metaphor for the evolution of the monarchy. The Christmas message was started by King George V, the Queen’s grandfather, in 1932. It then passed to her father, King George VI, and the second world war firmly established the tradition in the national calendar. The Queen has been giving the broadcasts since the first year of her reign in 1952, passing from radio to television in 1957.
Today, the digital era has been embraced by this ancient institution with the Message available on the web and through social media. The Queen’s consistency through her long reign has been remarkable, especially compared with the short tenure of leaders in business, politics and others walks of public life, and the annual Christmas Message is a reminder of this.
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