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The Queen set to deliver her Christmas speech to the nation at 3pm

Christmas will look very different for millions of Brits today.

The coronavirus pandemic means many are spending it apart from their loved ones.

But there’s one tradition which still remains in place – the Queen’s speech.

This year, as happens every year, the now-94-year-old monarch delivers a televised Christmas Day message to the nation.

And despite all the upheaval we have seen in recent months, 2020 is no different.

The Queen’s speech will be broadcast at 3pm today on BBC One, ITV and Sky News.

It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and shown live on the Royal Family’s Youtube channel.

The message will also be made available through voice-controlled Alexa devices for the first time.

Users can ask the gadget to play the speech by saying: "Alexa, play the Queen’s Christmas Day message."

Her speech is not a live broadcast, but a message which she usually records in the weeks before Christmas.

The tradition dates back decades, with her first Christmas broadcast in 1952 and her first televised message in 1957.

This year, it is expected to focus heavily on the nation’s response to Covid-19.

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It is likely to see her praise the efforts of people across the country, including frontline NHS workers, the Armed Forces and charities.

The Queen is celebrating Christmas Day "quietly" with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle this year, instead of her estate in Sandringham, Norfolk where she normally spends it with other members of the Royal Family.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 will broadcast an alternative Christmas message using a "deepfake" Queen.

The spoof video, which uses technology to create a mockup of Her Majesty, will appear to show the Queen take part in a Tik Tok video and make sarcastic comments about 2020.

But it sparked a backlash, with royal supporters accusing it of being “disrespectful” while critics also claimed it was spreading fake news.

However, the channel defended it, saying it is clearly a parody and "viewers will be left in no doubt that it is not real".

A spokesman added: "However, while the film is light-hearted, affectionate and comedic in tone, it carries a very important and timely message about trust and the ease with which convincing misinformation can be created and spread."

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