The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast on 25 December 2013.
On the 60th anniversary of her Coronation, the Queen reflected on some of the key events of the year for the British Royal family, such as the birth and Christening of Prince George.
In her traditional Christmas Day broadcast, she has stated that the arrival of a new baby gave the people the chance to think about the future with “renewed hope” stating that life for the new parents will never be the same again.
Furthermore she spoke about the role of the Commonwealth and the 2014 Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Glasgow. Speaking in the blue drawing room, sitting at a desk in front of family photographs, the Queen remarked,
Here at home my own family is a little larger this Christmas. As so many of you will know, the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope.
The broadcast includes a never-before-seen footage of the photoshoot at Clarence House which marked the Christening of Prince George.
The infant prince, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was Christened at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Speaking on the importance of maintaining a balance between action and reflection, the Queen wisely remarked,
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 Christmas Day message is always penned by the Queen, and is one of the very few occasions when she is permitted to air her own brilliant views without any input from the government.
Traditionally, her message has always included a religious framework, reflects on current issues and draws on her own unique experiences over the year.
The Queen was dressed in a single crepe wool primrose dress by Angela Kelly. Angela Kelly, the daughter of a Liverpool dock worker has been the Queen’s Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser since 2002.
She chose to recycle her wardrobe from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011, which only goes to show her immense status as a fashion icon and her brevity as a Queen, who is both politically, economically and culturally, always aware, active in her reading and of course very powerful.
On her left shoulder was perched a diamond, ruby and sapphire brooch, a present from her parents, the late King George VI and the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The present was in celebration of the birth of Prince Charles in 1948, and she has been known to wear this piece of jewel often.
This year’s message has been produced by the BBC, and was broadcast in Commonwealth nations across the world.