Great Britain: Queen’s Christmas Address Airs in HD

This week when she delivered her traditional holiday message to the United Kingdom on Christmas day, it marked the half-century mark for her annual addresses from Buckingham Palace. Fifty years ago, television was still coming into its own in Britain and the rest of the world. This year, for the first time, her greetings were aired in HD on the BBC.
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The queen of England can hardly be labeled a slacker when it comes to next-gen technology. This week when she delivered her traditional holiday message to the United Kingdom on Christmas day, it marked the half-century mark for her annual addresses from Buckingham Palace. Fifty years ago, television was still coming into its own in Britain and the rest of the world. This year, for the first time, her greetings were aired in HD on the BBC.

Also, as part of Queen Elizabeth’s personal desire to expand Britain’s holiday message internationally, her remarks were posted this year for the first time on YouTube. Although the queen has given a holiday address since 1952, her speech was first televised in 1957. Last year, the monarch’s speech was first made available as a podcast. And Her Majesty’s next techno-jump? Probably whatever comes after HD. Stay tuned.