How BBC ensures Queens speech broadcasts without a hitch: Nothing can go wrong

Christmas is just around the corner which means the annual Queen's speech will be going ahead soon too.

The Queen does a speech on Christmas day every year which is broadcast by the BBC where she addresses the nation and discusses what has happened over the last 12 months.

Last year mostly consisted of how the nation dealt with the coronavirus pandemic and multiple lockdowns which will most likely be mentioned in this year's speech too.

It is also thought that the Queen will mention her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died in June of this year.

The BBC have to make sure that the annual speech runs without a hitch which means there are multiple contingency plans in place, including generators needing to be in place in case of power cuts.

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Broadcaster Ken Bruce has let the public into some secrets of how he made sure the speech went out without a problem on Radio 2.

Ken told the Radio Times that 'nothing could be permitted to go wrong' when the Christmas message was broadcast as well as everything having to be 'exact'.

He said: "The particular stress came in the form of the Queen’s Christmas Message. Back then, it was broadcast on radio in the morning, at 10am in our case on Radio 2. This was termed a Grade One broadcast; nothing could be permitted to go wrong.

"Timings had to be exact; the introductory words had to be delivered accurately and with gravitas, and I had to press the button on my desk to set the tape rolling.

"I had to simultaneously start a back-up in case the original failed."

He said that the BBC would make sure there was another studio and the generators in the basement would be on too.

Ken added: "To allow for the possibility of both failing, another studio next door was also running a further copy. This, you might think, would be belt and braces enough.

"But no. As a final precaution, the generators in the basement of Broadcasting House were fired up, just in case of a power cut."

The Queen recently had to pull out of attending the Remembrance Sunday celebration and a number of other engagements due to not being very well and spraining her back.

On the advice of her doctors she rested at Windsor Castle instead.

Last month she spent a night in hospital but the reason why wasn't specified.

However it has been reported that she is now feeling better and looking forward to hosting Christmas as usual at her Norfolk estate.

This Christmas will be the first for the Queen since her husband Prince Philip died earlier in the year.

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