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Queen 'humbled'

Queen 'humbled'

The Queen has used her Christmas speech to tell how she was humbled by "the enthusiasm which greeted the Diamond Jubilee".

The annual address was broadcast in 3D for the first time and interspersed with footage from the large-scale UK events of 2012.

Her Majesty said today: "This past year has been one of great celebration for many. The enthusiasm which greeted the Diamond Jubilee was, of course, especially memorable for me and my family.

"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."

She also paid tribute to Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

"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 said.

The many volunteers who contributed to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games were also praised.

The Queen said: "We were reminded too that the success of these great festivals depended to an enormous degree on the dedication and effort of an army of volunteers. Those public-spirited people came forward in the great tradition of all those who devote themselves to keeping other safe, supported and comforted."

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the speech was focused on "service, achievement and the spirit of togetherness".

 

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25/12/2012