Launch of a Royal YouTube Channel
Published 23 December 2007
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN
The Royal Household has launched a Royal Channel on the popular video sharing website "YouTube" (www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel). The channel which goes live on Sunday, the 23rd December at 0001, will showcase both archive and modern video of The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family and Royal events. New footage will be regularly added.
At launch, the channel will display the first televised Christmas Broadcast of 1957 as its main video. The access to this restricted footage has been granted to mark the 50th anniversary this year of the first televised Christmas Broadcast.
The Royal Channel on YouTube will also show The Queen's 2007 Christmas Broadcast for the first time from approximately 3pm GMT on the 25th December - Christmas Day; the same time as the traditional broadcast on television.
Additional footage on the channel includes rarely seen films from the British Film Institute (BFI), which are detailed below.
The first televised Christmas Broadcast, Sandringham House, 1957:
This footage is particularly relevant given the fact that it is the 50th anniversary of the Christmas Broadcast. It also makes reference to technological advances: "I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct. That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us."
Read a full transcript of the broadcast.
Lord John Wakehurst's film: Long to Reign Over Us (edited into three short films):
*This footage has never been publicly released.
Lord Wakehurst (1895-1970) Conservative MP, Governor of New South Wales, Governor of Northern Ireland and Lord Prior of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, was also a keen amateur film maker. The films contain voiceover by Lord Wakehurst himself and chart events from the death of King George VI to The Queen's Accession and Coronation. The footage is all in colour, and much of the story is told from the public's perspective, showing crowds gathering to mourn the King's death, and then, the following year, holding street parties and camping out on The Mall to catch a glimpse of The Queen on Coronation Day.
Roses for the Rose Queen, 1917:
Newsreel footage featuring Queen Alexandra's West End tour among the rose-sellers.
The Royal Wedding, 1923 - rarely seen footage:
Newsreel of the wedding of The Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
Short films on: Garden Parties, State Visits, The Queen and Prime Ministers, Investitures and The Prince of Wales' visit to the Robert Clack School.
A Message from Her Majesty The Queen on the opening of the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore following the success of the Bangalore Conference in 2014. I am very grateful...
The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message, 10 March 2014
The understanding that we belong together, and are able, through teamwork, to achieve far more than we could do alone, has always been at the heart of our approach.
The Queen's message to Tim Peake as he joins the International Space Station
A speech by The Queen at The Queen Elizabeth prize for Engineering, 2013
I have long held an admiration for the work of engineers, a sentiment that is shared by other members of my family.
A speech by The Queen at the opening of High Speed 1, St Pancras International
The remarkable re-birth of this great and gleaming station means that people across the whole of Britain, not just the south-east, are suddenly quite a bit closer to Europe.
State Banquet in Singapore, 17 March 2006
The links between Britain and Singapore are as strong as ever, and our future relationship is bright indeed.
State Banquet, President of the People's Republic of China, 8 November 2005
It matters to all of us what kind of country China's people will build.
Hôtel De Ville in Toulouse, French State Visit, 7 April 2004
Links between Britain and Toulouse have existed over many centuries.
Update on The Queen's progress following her knee operation
National Space Centre in Leicester, 1 August 2002
Over this Jubilee summer I have travelled widely, but I hope I will be forgiven for having limited my tour to the earth's surface.
Tri-Service gathering of the Armed Forces at Portsmouth, 27 June 2002
Britain is grateful to you, whether here in Portsmouth, in bases across the United Kingdom, or across the world.
Christmas Broadcast 1959
As the old year passes, let us celebrate Christmas with thanksgiving and carry its message of peace and good will into the year ahead.
Christmas Broadcast 1958
Every year I look forward to opening the letters, parcels and telegrams that come to me from all parts of the world.
Christmas Broadcast 1957
Twenty-five years ago my grandfather broadcast the first of these Christmas messages. Today is another landmark because television has made it possible for many of you to see...