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Actor Brian Blessed has claimed the Queen’s favourite film to watch at Christmas with her family is Flash Gordon.

According to Blessed, who stars as Prince Vultan in the 1980 sci-fi favourite, the monarch watches it every year with her grandchildren.

The actor made the claims during an interview on Yahoo Movies, recounting a story during which the Queen asked him to recite some lines from the cult classic film.

Blessed said: “The Queen, it’s her favourite film, she watches it with her grandchildren every Christmas.”

Then, doing an impersonation of the Queen, he continued: “You know, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, me and the grandchildren.

“And if you don’t mind, I’ve got the grandchildren here, would you mind saying ‘Gordon’s alive’?”

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The phrase “Gordon’s alive” is one of the classic lines from the film and Blessed claims the Queen isn’t the only one who’s asked him to recite it.

Blessed said: “Everywhere I go, they all want me to say ‘Gordon’s alive!’. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, horses and queens, and prime ministers, they all want me to say ‘Gordon’s alive!’, it’s their favourite film.”

The actor is considered a national treasure and was made an OBE by the Queen in 2016 for services to arts and charity during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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