Queen looks back at 70 years of televised Christmas broadcasts for 2017 message

In this year’s Christmas message, the Queen has paid tribute to London and Manchester in for their handling of this year’s terror attacks.

She recorded this year’s Christmas message to the Commonwealth a few days ago in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace.

The main theme of the message was the importance of home, which she describes as a place of “warmth, familiarity and love”, with a “timeless simplicity” and “pull”.

Surrounded by family photographs and a picture of newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Queen said her family “look forward to welcoming new members into it next year”.


In the year of her 70th wedding anniversary she praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s support and also looked back to the first televised Christmas message 70 years ago.

Looking back over 2017, the Queen reflected fondly on her relationship with Prince Philip amid his decision to “slow down a little”.

She said: “I don’t know that anyone had invented the term ‘platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long.”

The Queen’s message was originally broadcast in the UK at 3pm (GMT) on Christmas Day.