50 years ago, on December 25, 1957, Queen Elizabeth gave the "Queen's Speech" Christmas address via television for the first time. On December 25, 2007, the Queen's address will be broadcast on television, as well as on YouTube.
The Royal Channel went live yesterday at midnight, and has debuted with figures that would give any marketer heart palpitations (nearly 6,000 subscribers and almost a quarter of a million channel views). While most of the videos are about as stuffy as you'd expect (i.e., A Day In The Life of Prince Charles) others offer great glimpses back in time - the Queen's original 1957 Christmas address has racked up over 200,000 views, and silent news reel of the Queen Mother's 1923 wedding day is interesting to watch - even with no audio.
In the Queen's 1957 speech she noted that television broadcast was indicative of the "speed of which things are changing all around us." By all accounts she/her staff has done quite a job staying up on these changes. Last year's Christmas address was also podcast, and the Queen's spokesperson notes that she "always keeps abreast of new ways of communicating with the people", and that the YouTube debut will help reach a younger audience.