Queen's Christmas message

The Queen said she had been "humbled" by the huge crowds who celebrated her Jubilee year in her Christmas Day message, which was filmed in 3D for the first time.

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Queen's 'absolutely lovely' 3D broadcast for Christmas Day

Producer John McAndrew with the Queen watching the broadcast in 3D glasses
Producer John McAndrew with the Queen watching the broadcast in 3D glasses Credit: Press Association

Buckingham Palace said the Queen thought the broadcast was "absolutely lovely". In a statement it added:

"We wanted to do something a bit different and special in this Jubilee year, so doing it for the first time in 3D seemed a good thing, technology-wise, to do. The Queen agreed straight away there was no need for convincing at all, she was absolutely ready to embrace something new in this year."

The message will be transmitted on both television, radio and online at 3pm on Christmas Day.

Queen's message to focus on 'service and achievement'

Buckingham Palace says the main themes of this year's message are: "Service, achievement and the spirit of togetherness."

In part of the speech released before Christmas Day the Queen says: "As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the achievement and courage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were further inspired by the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes."

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The Queen 'embraces' 3D technology for Christmas message

For the first time, the Queen's Christmas Day message will be broadcast in 3D - a technological advance the Queen was happy to embrace.

The message was recorded on December 7. Behind the scenes footage shows how the Queen wears 3D glasses to watch back part of the broadcast. They are decorated with the letter Q made from Swarovski crystals and were worn by the Queen during a visit to a movie training centre in Toronto in 2010.

The Queen to reflect on Olympic success in message

In this year's Christmas broadcast, the Queen will pay tribute to Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes for their inspiring performances.

The Queen recording her Christmas message
The Queen recording her Christmas message Credit: Press Association

In her traditional message, to be broadcast on Christmas Day, the Queen will reflect on a "splendid summer of sport". She will also highlight how the sportsmen and women gave the millions who watched the chance to feel part of the "excitement and drama".

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