Queen Elizabeth II records her Christmas message to the Commonwealth in 3D in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace in central London on December 7, 2012.
Queen Elizabeth's Christmas message touched on the themes of friendship and togetherness. Citing the London Summer Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Queen urged subjects to also remember those in the Armed Forces, emergency services, and hospitals who will be away from their families and friends over the Christmas holidays.
"That's why it's important at this time of year to reach out beyond our familiar relationships to think of those who are on their own," she said.
"This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only Son to serve, not to be served. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer this Christmas Day that his example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others."
The Queen Christmas message has been a traditon on radio since 1952 and TV since 1957.