How to watch The Queen’s Speech 2017

The Queen’s speech lasts just 10 minutes, but it’s an annual tradition on Christmas Day in the UK and we’d hate for you to miss it. The Queen’s Speech has been broadcast since 1932, but Queen Elizabeth II has read it herself since 1952. As ever the message will be pre-recorded and broadcast in the UK and to all 52 member countries of the commonwealth.

We’ll explain exactly when and how you can tune in, even if you’re not in the UK.

When is the Queen’s Speech 2017?

The Queen’s Speech will be broadcast between 3pm and 3.10pm on Monday 25 December 2017.

How to watch the Queen’s Speech on TV

In the UK, the Queen’s Royal Christmas Message, as it is officially called, is broadcast on BBC One, ITV, Sky 1 and Sky News. It is also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (92-95FM and 103-105FM).

How to watch the Queen’s speech online

Shortly after the TV broadcast, you will be able to stream the Queen’s speech online via iPlayer[1], which will be useful if you are outside the UK. Note that you now need a valid TV licence to watch programmes on iPlayer.[2] Read our advice on how to watch BBC iPlayer abroad[3].

What is the Queen’s Royal Christmas Message?

The speech lasts around 10 minutes and typically looks back on the past year’s highlights and major events, as well as looking to the future.

It’s very likely that she’ll mention Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle, which has recently hit the headlines.

Of course, the true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Christ and the Queen usually makes reference to this.

Read next: Best Christmas movies of all time[4]


  1. ^ Queen’s Speech iPlayer (
  2. ^ need a valid TV licence to watch programmes on iPlayer. (
  3. ^ how to watch BBC iPlayer abroad (
  4. ^ Best Christmas movies of all time (

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