The Queen’s Christmas 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 Christmas speech this year?

The Queen's speech will be broadcast at some point on Christmas Day, though we don't yet know the exact time. Last year it was at  3pm though, so expect something similar this year.

How to watch it 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, which will be useful if you're outside the UK. Note that you now need a valid TV licence to watch programmes on iPlayer. 

Read our advice on how to watch BBC iPlayer abroad if you're not sure, or just grab a VPN like Nord and use that to watch it from anywhere in the world.

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 marriage to Meghan Markle this year, and there'll almost certainly be some mention of what's going on with Brexit. 

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