The Queen “delays” filming Christmas speech amidst Brexit uncertainty

A source has claimed that the Queen has held off filming until things are clearer

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II posing for a photograph after she recorded her annual Christmas speech, in Windsor Castle
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The Queen’s Christmas speech has long been a beloved festive tradition, but this year filming has reportedly been delayed as we await the outcome of the Brexit decision. 

After enjoying their Christmas lunch, many families settle down to hear what pearls of wisdom the 97-year-old monarch has to offer each year. And after the challenges posed by the pandemic in 2020 and the cancellation of many aspects of a traditional royal Christmas, it is a relief to hear the Queen will still be making her speech as usual.

It is believed that the Queen usually records her Christmas speech in early December. 

Yet now a source has claimed that the Queen has held off filming - for now at least - for a very important reason. 

Why has the Queen’s Christmas speech filming been delayed?

According to some, the Queen has chosen to delay filming her Christmas speech until it is known whether the Government has managed to strike a deal with the European Union, or whether the country will leave without one. 

A source has reportedly opened up to The Sun about the filming, stating: “this time it’s later than usual”. 

The British Flag and the flag of the European Union

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They added that: “There’s talk it could happen on Wednesday or Thursday”. 

Explaining the reasoning behind the Queen’s alleged decision, they continued: “The country could be a very different place by then, with us possibly leaving the EU without a deal.”

Insiders supposedly added that the Queen has written a "personal” and “emotional" address for this year and that they are “expecting record viewing figures”.

What might the Queen’s Christmas speech be about?

Whilst we will have to wait until Christmas Day to hear the Queen’s heartfelt words, it seems clear that it will be incredibly moving. 

It’s thought by some that the Queen’s Christmas speech will talk about how the pandemic has kept families apart, yet there will most likely be optimism and hope as we look ahead to next year with the new covid-19 vaccine

The Queen’s son Prince Charles and grandson Prince William caught the virus earlier this year. 

The two princes have since recovered, yet like many of us up and down the country, the Queen is now facing an unusual Christmas where she will not be joined by all of her extended family.

It has recently been announced that the Queen and Prince Philip will be celebrating Christmas “quietly” at Windsor Castle where they spent England’s second lockdown.

This marks the first time in 33 years that the Queen has not spent Christmas at Sandringham.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!