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Queen's Christmas speech goes 3D

Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas Day speech will be broadcast in 3D for the first time this year, it has been revealed.
Written by Jon Yeomans, Contributor on

The Queen's traditional Christmas Day speech with be broadcast in the 3D for the first time this year, Buckingham Palace has revealed.

The broadcast, which is traditionally written by the Queen and includes her reflections on the past year, will be available in three dimensions to viewers with 3D-capable TVs.

"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," a spokeswoman told The Guardian.

King George V embraced the relatively new medium of radio to give the first Christmas Day speech in 1932. The first television broadcast of the Christmas message followed in 1957. The Royal Family has kept abreast of changing technology since then, making the Christmas message available on YouTube, for example, in 2007, when the Royal Channel was launched. The Queen's official Twitter account began tweeting in 2009.

This year's Christmas message will include a tribute to Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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