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Queen delivers holiday message, in 3D

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 12:20pm  ET

LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth has delivered her Christmas message for the first time in 3D.

In the annual pre-recorded broadcast, the monarch paid tribute to the armed forces, and expressed gratitude for the outpouring of enthusiasm as she marked her 60 years on the throne.

She also reflected on Britain's hosting of the Olympic games in 2012, praising the "skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes." And she thanked volunteers who she says devoted themselves "to keeping others safe, supported and comforted."

Her message aired shortly after the queen attended a traditional church service on her sprawling Sandringham estate.

She was accompanied in her car by two granddaughters. Her husband walked to the church with other members of the royal family.

Missing from the family outing were Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate, who are with the Middletons in southern England. And Prince Harry is serving with British troops in Afghanistan.

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APPHOTO LON806: Members of Britain's royal family gather for their traditional family Christmas Day church service with Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, centre right, leading other members of the royal family to attend St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, England, Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012. Walking with Prince Philip at centre are his son with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex and their daughter Louise, with Prince Andrew behind Sophie, and Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, centre background. (AP Photo / Chris Radburn, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES (25 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO LON807: Members of Britain's royal family gather for their traditional family Christmas Day church service with Britain's Prince Charles, left, and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Philip seen centre behind, at St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, England, Tuesday Dec. 25, 2012. (AP Photo / Chris Radburn, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES (25 Dec 2012)

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