Queen Elizabeth II pictured at the time she recorded her annual Christmas Day speech for 2013
But with the sure touch of a monarch who has done this kind of thing before, the Queen saved the bit she knew everyone wanted to see until the end. Prince George of Cambridge was shown in previously private footage taken at his christening. The little king in waiting sat happily with his mum and then his dad as endless snaps were taken and Kate was given her own starring role with a close up that showed her maternal love and pride beaming across the room towards her little boy. It was the big 'ah' moment in a speech that veered from the Queen's more traditional path for her messages but it's not every year that a monarch secures her succession into a fourth generation. If that's not an excuse to ring the changes at Christmas, then nothing is.