Queen delays recording her ‘personal and emotional’ Christmas speech until after No Deal Brexit deadline today
- The Queen’s speech is usually filmed in early December but has been postponed
- Sources suggest speech could be amended depending on Brexit talks outcome
- Monarch has written a ‘personal and emotional’ message but has not finished it
- Today has been set as a deadline for a deal to be signed between Britain and EU
The Queen has delayed the recording of her annual Christmas speech until next week, after the country’s Brexit deadline day has passed.
The monarch is said to have written a ‘personal and emotional’ message but has not yet finished it, as the deadline for Britain’s talks with the EU expires today.
The Prime Minister is expected to speak around lunchtime today with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen about the future of the post-Brexit trade talks.
The Queen’s speech is usually filmed in early December but has been postponed until next week while the country awaits to see if Britain and the EU can reach a post-Brexit agreement
It is thought the Queen will adapt her speech dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
A source told The Sun: ‘Normally she films it in early December, certainly by the middle of the month, but this time it’s later than usual.
‘There’s talk it could happen on Wednesday or Thursday.
‘The country could be a very different place by then with us possibly leaving the EU without a deal.’
Talks have been in deadlock due to disagreements on issues including fishing and December 13 has been set as a final deadline to either sign a deal or prepare to move forward with no-deal plans.
It is understood the Queen will talk about the coronavirus pandemic and how it has affected the country this year.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been locked in talks with disagreements on issues including fishing bringing them to deadlock. December 13 has been set as a final deadline to either sign a deal or prepare to move forward with no-deal plans which will come into effect on January 1
In her speech last year, which was watched by 8 million viewers, the Queen addressed a ‘bumpy’ 2019.
Prince Philip faced a police probe over a car crash, Prince Harry acknowledged tensions in his relationship with his elder brother William, and Harry’s wife Meghan admitted she was struggling with her new life as a royal.
But the biggest ‘bump’ faced by the Royal Family was the fallout from the Duke of York’s disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
She also discussed the ‘sense of purpose’ younger generations have shown in tackling issues such as climate change.
She said the message was a reminder of what can be achieved when people abandon their differences and ‘come together in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation’.