Queen Elizabeth II's historic moment honored in new royal post

One of Queen Elizabeth II's historic moments was paid tribute to with a special post as the Royal Family shared her inspiring words from 1957

One of Queen Elizabeth II's historic moments celebrated; Her Majesty is seen here smiling during a visit to the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute
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One of Queen Elizabeth II’s historic moments from early on in her remarkable 70 year reign has been honored in a new post shared by the Royal Family. 

As the Royal Family and people across the world mourn following Buckingham Palace’s announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had died at Balmoral Castle, solemn tributes have been shared. King Charles expressed the “greatest sadness” at the loss of his beloved mother, whilst Prince Harry reflected on the Queen’s “infectious smile” and the Prince of Wales thanked his grandmother for everything. 

Alongside these personal messages, the official Royal Family social media accounts have shared a new post celebrating not only the monarch’s remarkable life of service, but one of Queen Elizabeth II’s historic moments from 1957. 

Sharing a series of photos of the Queen throughout her extraordinary 70-year reign, the Royal Family reflected upon how she guided and represented the nation through both “times of great celebration” and in the “aftermath of great tragedies”. This caption began with a special tribute to Her Majesty, sharing her own wise words.

“In the old days the monarch led his soldiers on the battlefield and his leadership at all times was close and personal,” the Queen declared. “Today things are very different. I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands.”

Affirming her unwavering dedication to her role as Sovereign, these powerful words were first spoken by the Queen as part of her Christmas Day broadcast. This was a historic moment for the monarch as this year marked the first time her Christmas Day message was televised. It was also the 25th anniversary of the first Christmas Broadcast on the radio.

The 1957 Christmas broadcast was made live from the Long Library at Sandringham House in Norfolk, where Her Majesty traditionally spent the festive season with the extended Royal Family. The Queen’s Christmas broadcast 1957 showcased her desire to devote her life to serving and supporting the United Kingdom and she expressed her hope that the newly televised Christmas messages would make her “Christmas message more personal and direct”.

Last year in her Christmas Day 2021 broadcast, Her Majesty echoed these sentiments as well as stating her hopes for her Platinum Jubilee year and how it might bring nations together. 

Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas broadcast in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle

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“And February, just six weeks from now, will see the start of my Platinum Jubilee year, which I hope will be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness; a chance to give thanks for the enormous changes of the last seventy years - social, scientific and cultural - and also to look ahead with confidence.”

As the world comes together in mourning for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, there are so many of Queen Elizabeth II’s historic moments and words of wisdom that will never be forgotten. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.