The Queen's Speech has been a constant Christmas feature ever since I was a knee-high little boy and if you're someone who loves tradition then sitting down and watching the Queen's Speech is likely a big part of your Christmas Day.
In this age of technology, you can be sure the Queen will round up the year's events and bring everyone back down to a level when she sets out how we should be treating one another as we move forward.
That is unless you're abroad outside the UK.
If you do find yourself in another country this Christmas then the Queen's Speech is something that will surely be inaccessible. With no access to the BBC, ITV, Sky or any other channel showing the regular festive tradition you can be left missing what the Queen has to say.
The good news is you don't need to miss it and below I'll show you the quick and easy way you can watch the Queen's Speech from any country in the world.
What you need to watch the Queen's Speech
The Queen's Speech is shown on multiple channels on Christmas Day including the BBC, ITV and Sky.
These channels don't broadcast outside the UK and if you try to use their online streaming services BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or Sky Go you'll find them blocked.
So how can I watch the Queen's Speech?
There's an app called a ‘VPN' that will allow you to unblock all these online streaming services and more so you can watch the Queen's Speech in any country.
They're completely legal privacy apps that allow you to disguise your location so companies can't track what you're doing online.
Where to get a VPN
There are many companies that sell VPN apps but not all work with BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or Sky Go.
After some extensive testing I've found ExpressVPN to be the most reliable so if you want to watch the Queen's Speech abroad you should sign up for their service.
A few other good choices include:
All you need to do is choose one and then follow the steps below.
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Steps to stream the Queen's Speech
You now need to download the VPN app which will allow you to watch the Queen's Speech abroad.
Below I'll show you how in just a few simple steps.
Watch the Queen's Speech outside the UK:
- Visit your chosen VPN service, for example, ExpressVPN and sign up for their service.
- Download their app from the ‘Products' section of their website or your regular app store.
- Open the app and login with your account details.
- Press the ‘Selected Location‘ button and then tap ‘United Kingdom‘.
- Press the ‘Connect‘ button or wait for it to connect.
- Once the app has connected visit the BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub app to watch the Queen's Speech live.
What do I do now I'm connected?
Now you're connected to the VPN app you're ‘virtually' in the UK.
This means that any websites or apps you use such as the BBC iPlayer one think you're in the UK. So instead of being blocked, you can watch.
This allows you to watch the Queen's Speech either live or on catch-up.
The best places to watch are on BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub either via their website or app. If you don't already have an account then you'll need to create one but they're free.
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When is the Queen's Speech shown
The Queen's Speech is set to take place at the usual time of 3 pm. If you didn't already know then that's Christmas Day, the 25th December. This of course is a Christmas tradition.
You can tune in at that time wherever you are in the world to watch live. If you need help figuring out what time 3 pm is in the country you're in then head over to The Time Zone Converter.
Depending on what country you're in 3 pm might not be possible. If you're in America or Australia for example then it could either be too early or too late. Not to worry though because you can watch at any time on catch-up TV.
What's the Queen's Speech likely to be about?
The Queen's Speech which is also known as the Queen's Christmas Message is a chance for the British Monarch to send a goodwill message to the nation.
This year she's likely to call for unity across the country. In a year fractured by Covid issues, she's likely to call on us all to pull together and make the best of the situation as a nation.
It's one of the main moments the Queen makes a speech based on her own thoughts.
After stuffing down copious amounts of Turkey and rattling off a list of deserts from Christmas Pud to Christmas Cake it will give us all time to reflect on the year passed and the one ahead.
Summary: Watch the Queen's Speech abroad
If the Queen's Speech is part of your Christmas Day tradition but you're abroad outside the UK this year then don't panic.
By using a VPN app from ExpressVPN you can watch the entire Queen's Christmas Message in any country.
Just sign up for ExpressVPN and download their app, then connect to the UK. You'll then be able to watch the Queen's Speech wherever you are in the world either live or on catch-up.
If the Queen's Speech isn't your thing then Tom Daley is doing Channel 4's ‘Alternative' Christmas Message and you can tune in using the same VPN service as detailed above.