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Last Updated: Friday December 26 2008 10:04 GMT

Queen gives Christmas speech

The Queen at Buckingham Palace

In her annual Christmas Day speech the Queen talked about the money problems happening around the World.

She said that although Christmas is a time for celebration, "this year it is a more sombre occasion for many."

Her message is a traditional part of Christmas and gives the Queen a chance to talk about things on her mind.

She also said that we must remember all the British soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that Christmas is a difficult time for them.

The Queen paid tribute to her family, and played video clips of Prince Harry presenting awards to ten "children of courage".
The Queen's Speech
King George V delivered the first royal Christmas broadcast live on the radio 75 years ago from Sandringham in 1932.
The Christmas speech is always broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day.
The Queen writes the speech herself and talks about things on her mind.

The broadcast ended with rare footage filmed in 1949 of the Queen playing with Prince Charles who was 1-year-old at the time.

The Queen traditionally delivers her message from Buckingham Palace's Music Room.

She stood in front of a grand piano with family photographs and a large Christmas tree in the background.