A first for the Queen's speech.
The Queen's (or King's) Christmas Message is a tradition that dates back to the 1930s. Indeed, many feel it wouldn't be Christmas without a few words from the UK's reigning monarch. However, this year, the message from the Queen was a little bit different. For the first time ever, the message was broadcast in 3D.
Sky News cites a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace as saying they wanted to do something a little different this year to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, which was celebrated in June of this year.
"We wanted to do something a bit different and special in this Jubilee year, so doing it for the first time in 3D seemed a good thing, technology-wise, to do," she told Sky News, adding that the Queen responded positively to the idea. "The Queen absolutely agreed straight away, there was no need for convincing at all, she was absolutely ready to embrace something new in this year."
Last year, the Queen's speech was made available for Kindle owners. Amazon made the transcript of the Queen's 2011 speech, along with past addresses, available to download for free last Christmas. At the time, Buckingham Palace said it was happy for outside organizations to spread the Queen's word and make it available on as many platforms as possible.
"We would like The Queen's Speech to be broadcast or read as widely as possible, and allowing Kindle to make the text available is just another example of this."
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