Christmas Day ‘will never be the same’ after Queen’s death, Brits fear

Brits mourning the death of the country's longest-reigning monarch fear Christmas Day may never be the same again without her annual address to the nation.

Her Majesty's Christmas Message, screened annually at 3pm on December 25, was address to the nation and to the Commonwealth, reflecting on the passing year.

Queen Elizabeth II was just six years old when her grandfather George V delivered the first royal Christmas broadcast, a live radio speech in 1932 from Sandringham.

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She made history when she have the first televised Christmas Message, broadcast in 1957, which was beamed into people's homes.

And since then she has become a staple fixture in Brits' yuletide celebrations during her 70-year reign, with most people only ever knowing her to deliver it.

Christmas Day 'will never be the same' after Queen's death, Brits fear

But while her son and heir, King Charles III, will continue to deliver the annual address to the nation, many fear their Christmases won't be the same after the death of the Queen at the age of 96.

One person wrote on Twitter: "Christmas Day at 3pm will never be the same."

A third said: "I'm sure Charles will do a Christmas Day speech. I'm sure he will try to make it similar in tone. I do not think it will be the same."

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A fourth wrote: "Ever since I can remember, we all gathered around the TV on Christmas Day to watch the Queen's Speech. So many things will change now."

And all the talk of the Queen's Christmas Message also prompted others to share their memories of gathering around the TV with their families, as they said it was part of tradition in their household, the Mirror reported.

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One said: "Christmas day in the '70s, '80s and '90s was held round my dear Aunty Mary's house. Christmas dinner revolved around the Queen's speech.

"It was served at 1pm so everything could be cleared away for 3pm and woe for anyone who dared to talk during the speech."

While another posted: "The King's Speech on Christmas Day. That's going to take some getting used to, isn't it?

"I used to roll my eyes when our nana always made us watch Her Majesty's speech as a child, but now I realise how precious that message really was."


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