‘Here’ s one for the history books ‘- the Queen’ s Christmas message available through Alexa this year

The annual Christmas Day tradition, which began with a radio broadcast by George V in 1932, will allow users to ask Alexa for a voice-controlled assistant to fully play the speech for the first time.

From 3pm on Christmas Day, people will be able to say “Alexa, play the Queen ‘s Christmas Day message” or “Alexa, play Queen Elizabeth’ s Christmas Day message”.

It works on Amazon Echo speakers throughout the Commonwealth and beyond who have language settings such as either British English, as well as American, Australian, Canadian or Indian English types.

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Eric King, director of Alexa Europe, said: “After a challenging year, millions of people from across the Commonwealth will be eagerly awaiting Her Majesty The Queen’s message on Christmas Day.

“By creating this first global innovation, just as we did in 2012 when the Queen’s Christmas speech on Kindle was released, we hope it will be able to even more people to enjoy Her Majesty’s words of encouragement.

“This is truly one for the history books and shows how far technology has come since the first lecture was given in 1932.”

This year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will have a quiet December 25th, after deciding to celebrate as a couple rather than creating a bubble with their royal relatives, despite the restrictions coronavirus relaxed for some time.

This is the first time in more than 30 years that the monarch and Philip have stayed at Windsor Castle in Berkshire for Christmas, rather than heading to Sandringham in Norfolk.

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