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Queen Elizabeth II gives first 3-D Christmas broadcast

Published on Dec 26, 2012 6:03 AM
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II records her Christmas message to the Commonwealth in 3D in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace in central London on Dec 7, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the London 2012 athletes in her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth, saying they had inspired the world and drawn people in to the excitement and drama. The 86-year-old monarch praised the achievement and courage on show at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in her annual Christmas address, which was broadcast in 3D for the first time on Dec 25. -- PHOTO : AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Queen Elizabeth II gave thanks on Tuesday for Britain's year of Olympic and diamond jubilee festivities, in her first Christmas message to the Commonwealth broadcast in 3-D.

The 86-year-old monarch said it had been "humbling" to see the vast crowds joining celebrations marking her 60th year on the throne and paid tribute to the volunteers, as well as the athletes, who took part in the London Olympics.

"The success of these great festivals depended to an enormous degree upon the dedication and effort of an army of volunteers," she said.

"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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