Whether you watched the Queen's speech on alternative TV channels in the UK or not you may have caught a taster. Every mainstream news program in the UK showed clips. Did they count towards the high-viewing figures for her speech?
Maybe but maybe it was the rubbish series of repeat shown on the small screen Christmas Day or the British obsession with new technology that helped Elizabeth out. The speech was probably left running on TVs in empty rooms without any person actually watching the event.
On December 17 however the Metro and other publications reported that betting was suspended on the Queen abdicating during this year's speech.
Maybe some in the know stood to win big money on this bet. Was Prince Charles rubbing his hands with glee?
Either way a series of happenings conspired to give the Queen's message a ratings boost.
7.8 million viewers across both BBC1 and ITV reportedly tuned in to the Queen's speech, some then it must be assumed to hear say her goodbyes.
Ironically she just beat Mrs Brown’s Boys to top spot. However as Mrs Brown only airs on one Channel, BBC1, the irreverent first lady of Ireland must surely be the real winner?
Me? I did not watch the Queen's speech but I did watch Mrs Browns Boys.