The King held his first Christmas speech on the radio in 1972, then as Crown Prince. The King's Christmas speech has been a recurring tradition on Swedish Radio since 1973. In 2007, The King's Christmas speech was also broadcast on Swedish Television for the first time.
According to Swedish Radio's archives, the first Christmas speech to Swedes living abroad was made in 1933 by Arthur Engberg. In 1938, Prince Wilhelm made a speech to Swedes living abroad in both Swedish and English.
Gustaf VI Adolf held his first Christmas speech to Swedes living abroad in 1951 and then again in 1957, 1964, 1966 and 1969.
Prince Bertil gave a speech to Swedes living abroad in 1955.