Queen’s first ever Christmas message is YouTube hit

Monday, January 3, 2011

LONDON - The Queen’s 1957 Christmas message received more than one million views on YouTube, making it the most popular in the Internet age.

In 2007, the Royal family launched a dedicated channel on the video-sharing website, reports the Telegraph.

This winter it passed a milestone of nine million views, thanks in part to the Queen’s most recent Christmas Day broadcast, which has been viewed 82,000 times.

However, it is her first ever Christmas message that has proved the most popular, receiving almost 1.2 million hits.

The seven-minute message, broadcast from Sandringham in grainy black and white, illustrates how times have changed.

The 31-year-old Queen, dressed in a three-stringed pearl necklace, spoke in clipped tones and glanced down at a written script as she expressed hopes that the “new medium” of television would bring her closer to her subjects.

“It is inevitable that I should seem a remote figure to many of you, a successor to the kings and queens of history. Someone whose face is familiar in newspapers and films, but who never really touches your personal lives. But now, at least for a few minutes. I welcome you to the peace of my own home,” she said.

The Queen also called for the protection of religion and moral decency in Britain, in an age of rapid technological change.

“It is not the new inventions that are the difficulty. The trouble is caused by unthinking people who carelessly throw away ageless ideals as if they were old and outworn machinery. They would have religion thrown aside, morality in personal and public life made meaningless,” the queen added. (ANI)

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