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Queen refused to mention German relatives in Christmas speech in fear of public backlash

Queen refused to mention German relatives in Christmas speech in fear of public backlash

‘The Queen failed to mention her German ancestors in her 1972 Christmas Day TV broadcast for fear of provoking a ‘snide’ public backlash, according to previously unseen official papers.

They show she had planned to refer to her ‘continental relations’ but had a change of heart after talks at the highest levels of government.

The seeming embarrassment about her close family ties echoed that of the First World War, when fierce anti-German feeling led to the Royal Family changing its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor.’

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