All over the world, users of the Alexa supportive smart speaker system can hear Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas speech.
The concession is not limited to the British only, she declared a company Amazon suggests that anyone with an Amazon Echo tuned to English – be it British, American, Australian, Canadian or Indian – will be able to hear the speech.
(Eric King) said Eric KingAlexa, Europe General Manager: Millions of people from all over the Commonwealth are eagerly awaiting Her Majesty’s message on Christmas Day after a challenging year.
We hope that more people can enjoy the refined words of Her Majesty by creating this first global innovation, just as we did in 2012 with the release of the Queen’s Christmas Speech via the Kindle.
The tradition of Royal Christmas messages dates back to 1932 and has been Queen Elizabeth’s responsibility since 1952.
The queen may not often be the first to use new technologies, but upon her arrival this is often accompanied by chatter about it.
Her first televised Christmas broadcast came in 1957, four years after her televised coronation that was credited with promoting television viewing across the UK.
She sent her first tweet in 2014, more than six years after the launch of the service, from an iPad in the Science Museum, as it was filmed in 3D in 2012.
Earlier this month, the Queen held a virtual event with fans and welcomed visitors to her royal residence at Buckingham Palace in London from 20 miles away at Windsor Castle.
And for those who don’t have an Amazon Echo at home, Google is providing Google Home owners the speech over BBC 4 radio.
And if you’re interested in what the Queen’s speech might contain, you can check transcripts of all previous Christmas letters dating back to 1952 at: website For the royal family.