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Will the Queen Abdicate During Today’s Christmas Message?

Is this Year’s Christmas message the last one for the Queen?

At 15:00 (3PM) GMT today the Queen will give her annual Christmas message to the nation on BBC One. The message, which has already been pre-recorded by the BBC at Buckingham Palace will include a ceramic poppy tribute to World War One casualties and people dealing with the Ebola disease.

However, bookies across the nation have have heard major speculation about the Queen’s future leading to a flurry of bets being placed on her announcing her abdication today.

The Telegraph reports:

The speech to the nation has already been pre-recorded by the BBC, leading to suspicions that people with inside knowledge, either from Buckingham Palace or the TV camera crew, might have acted on leaked information.

Nicola McGeady, a spokesman for Coral, said: “Throughout the year there has been major speculation about the Queen’s future but today’s gamble has really caught us by surprise. 

The speech is broadcast on BBC One at 3pm and will then be available on YouTube via The Royal Channel to view shortly after the broadcast.