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Britain's Queen Elizabeth receives flowers outside of St. Mary's church after attending the annual Christmas service on the Royal Estate at Sandringham in Norfolk, eastern England December 25, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]
Queen Elizabeth II has hailed the holidays in a new dimension, delivering her Christmas message for the first time in 3D.
In the annual, prerecorded broadcast, the monarch paid tribute to the armed forces, "whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends" over the holidays, and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of enthusiasm for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
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The queen said she was struck by the "strength of fellowship and friendship" shown by well-wishers to mark her 60 years on the throne.
"It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me 60 years ago," she said as footage showed crowds lining the Thames River in the rain earlier this year for a boat pageant. "People of all ages took the trouble to take part in various ways and in many nations."
The queen also reflected on Britain's hosting of the Olympic games in 2012, praising the "skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes" and singling out the volunteers who devoted themselves "to keeping others safe, supported and comforted".
Elizabeth's message aired shortly after she attended a traditional church service at St. Mary Magdelene Church on her sprawling Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Wearing a turquoise coat and matching hat, the monarch rode to church in a Bentley, accompanied by granddaughters Beatrice and Eugenie. Her husband, Prince Philip, walked from the house to the church with other members of the royal family.