World of Sport

Queen hails Olympics and Paralympics in annual Christmas message

The Queen dons 3D glasses for the first Christmas broadcast in 3DThe Queen will use her Christmas message to pay tribute to Team GB’s efforts at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The London 2012 Games were the highlight of a remarkable sporting year, with the nation gripped by the achievements of their athletes in their home Games.

The address, which will be broadcast for the first time in 3D, will focus on sport.

"As London hosted a splendid summer of sport,” the Queen will say, “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.

"In pursuing their own sporting goals, they gave the rest of us the opportunity to share something of the excitement and drama."

The eventful year for the Royal Family has seen the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the announcement of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy.

The broadcast will be shown on television and radio at 15:00 GMT on Christmas Day, and be available online on the Royal Channel on YouTube.

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