| December 24, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II delivers a televised Christmas message to the Commonwealth of Nations every year, but 2012's broadcast will seem a bit more lifelike than usual. According to The Guardian, Her Majesty filmed this year's speech in 3-D.

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The queen has already previewed the broadcast at Buckingham Palace, complete with a pair of specially designed 3-D glasses (studded with Swarovski crystals in the shape of a "Q").  The message itself is also said to highlight London's Olympic Games, as well as honor to all of the athletes of Great Britain. "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," she is reported to say. "In pursuing their own sporting goals, they gave the rest of us the opportunity to share something of the excitement and drama."

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One couple who will no doubt take part in the viewing are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate will be celebrating Christmas at the Middleton residence in Kate's hometown of Bucklebury, due to her recent troubles with morning sickness. This, too, is a break from tradition, as the royals usually celebrate the holiday together at the queen's estate in Sandringham, Norfolk.