Queen set to praise UK's successful Olympic athletes in Christmas message

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 13:10 hrs

The Queen will hail the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of the Olympic athletes who worked hard to get success during the London Games during her Christmas message.

According to the BBC, the Queen is to pay tribute to the nation's Olympic and Paralympic athletes in her Christmas broadcast.

The Queen will hail the splendid summer of sport and highlight how the sportsmen and women allowed spectators to feel part of the excitement and drama, it added.

For the first time the address will be broadcast in 3D. On Sunday, the Queen missed church as she was recovering from a cold, Buckingham Palace said. But she is expected to attend on Christmas Day, the paper said.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the speech, which will be broadcast in full on Christmas Day, would focus on service, achievement and the spirit of togetherness, it reported.

The Queen had her own starring role in the London Olympics, declaring them officially open after appearing to parachute into the stadium with James Bond, the paper added. (ANI)

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