GREAT BRITAIN: To the Queen's Taste

Over the past year, some Britons have said some harsh public things about their Queen. In their opinion, Elizabeth was too "aloof"; her stilted speechmaking was "a pain in the neck." Neither Queen nor court made any reply. Last week the time came for the monarch's Christmas Day broadcast, and for the first time, the speech was televised. It was the Queen's first personal TV appearance in Britain, and she went to great pains to prove her critics wrong.

The Christmas Day broadcasts are firmly lodged in royal tradition, running back to 1932, when George V sat down before a microphone...

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