The Right Coast

December 25, 2005
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Here is the Queen's Christmas broadcast.

These broadcasts have been a tradition in the UK since the Queen's grandfather George V gave a Christmas address over the radio in 1932 that had been written for him by Rudyard Kipling.

Kipling is no longer on the staff, and these annual broadcasts are now the only public occasion when the Queen speaks for herself, not from a text drafted by the government in office. With varying degrees of affection and irony, the broadcast still has a large audience in Britain.