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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 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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