Every year on Christmas Day, the Queen (or King) of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth addresses the nation in a televised broadcast, and this year you’ll tune in through your Alexa-enabled sensible machine.
As reported by the Guardian, the phrases “Alexa, play the Queen’s Christmas Day message” will work from 3pm GMT wherever you might be in the world – that is 10am ET / 7am PT or 2am AEDT on the morning of December 26.
While the message might be broadcast worldwide, you have to to have your sensible speaker set to English for the feed to return through. As but it isn’t clear if the audio might be accompanied by a video feed on the Echo Show sensible shows.
This Royal Christmas Message custom has been working since 1932, and has been the accountability of Queen Elizabeth II since 1952. The message has been broadcast on TV in addition to radio since 1957, and was even filmed in 3D again in 2012.
“After a challenging year, millions of people from across the Commonwealth will be eagerly awaiting Her Majesty the Queen’s message on Christmas Day,” Eric King, the director of Alexa Europe, advised the Guardian.
“By creating this world-first innovation, just as we did in 2012 with the release of the Queen’s Christmas speech on Kindle, we hope that even more people will be able to enjoy the uplifting words of Her Majesty.”
There might be loads of different locations to observe and take heed to the Queen’s speech this year when you do not end up near an Amazon Echo speaker, together with BBC Radio 4 broadcast from the UK, and the varied Royal Family social media channels.
While we’re not anticipating Her Majesty to make a touch upon the launch of the iPhone 12 or the success of the newest season of The Crown on Netflix, it is good to see new applied sciences being embraced by the monarchy.