The Queen’s 2012 broadcast has aired and focused on sport, service and achievement. The 60th annual Queen’s speech for the holidays was filmed in Buckingham Palace and lasted almost nine minutes. The Queen wore an elegant white dress with silver accents for her broadcast.
Christmas 2012 is the first year that the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth has been made available in 3-D, though it was also broadcast in 2-D.
According to The Telegraph, The Queen paid tribute to the Olympian and Paralympian athletes who put the Great back in Britain during 2012, earning a record number of medals for the host country:
“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. In pursuing their own sporting goals, they gave the rest of us the opportunity to share something of the excitement and drama.
The Mirror reported that the Queen also stated that she felt “humbled” by the outpouring of joy for her Diamond Jubilee, drawing attention to the feeling of togetherness the event brought:
“It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty which passed to me 60 years ago. People of all ages took the trouble to take part in various ways and in many nations. But perhaps most striking of all was to witness the strength of fellowship and friendship among those who had gathered together on these occasions.”
Another theme was a mention of those serving overseas — the Queen did not specifically mention Prince Harry — and to those who will not return: “That’s why it’s important at this time of year to reach out beyond our familiar relationships to think of those who are on their own.”
As always, the Queen’s Christmas message ended with a religious slant and reminder of the season; referencing the carol “In The Bleak Midwinter,” the Queen reminded all listeners that the best gift is to give one’s heart.
According to CBC Canada, footage shown included scenes from the Jubilee, Olympics, and a rendition of the above-mentioned song by the Military Wives Choir, sung in Buckingham Palace.
And, as always, the Queen ended by saying, “I wish you all a very happy Christmas.” Read the full text of the Queen’s 2012 Christmas speech here.
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Sources: The Mirror; The Telegraph; CBC Canada
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