Queen's Christmas message to go on YouTube: official

Other News Materials 23 December 2007 06:21 (UTC +04:00)

( AFP ) - Queen Elizabeth II is posting her traditional Christmas message on YouTube for the first time through a special royal channel on the video-sharing website which launches Sunday.

The festive broadcast will appear at around 1500 GMT on December 25, but before then, viewers will be able watch past Christmas messages as well as archive and contemporary footage of Britain's royal family.

The royal channel -- www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel -- features a regal homepage illustrated with a photograph of Buckingham Palace in London flanked by guards in bearskin hats and red tunics.

"She has always been aware of reaching more people and adapting the communication to suit," a royal spokesman said.

"This will make the Christmas message more accessible to younger people and those in other countries."

The televised message, an annual broadcast looking back on the year's events, is also available as a podcast from www.royal.gov.uk.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Queen sometimes watches the Christmas message on television alone to monitor her own performance.

Her son, Prince Andrew, told an ITV television programme: "Sometimes the Queen watches it and sometimes sits in another room thinking: 'Has it come across in the right way?' but it's always been a part of the family tradition."