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In a first, queen’s holiday message is in 3D

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth delivered her Christmas message for the first time in 3D.

In the annual prerecorded 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.

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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.

Prince Philip led other members of the royal family into St. Mary Magdalene Church, which is on the estate. Joining him were the queen; Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla; Prince Andrew; and Prince Edward with his wife, Sophie, and daughter Louise.

There were a few notable absences. Prince William is spending the holiday with his pregnant wife, Kate, and his in-laws in the southern England village of Bucklebury, while Prince Harry is serving with British troops in Afghanistan.

At Canterbury cathedral, Anglican leader Rowan Williams delivered his final Christmas Day sermon as archbishop of Canterbury. He acknowledged how the church’s General Synod’s vote against allowing women to become bishops had cost credibility and said the faithful felt a ‘‘real sense of loss’’ over the decision.

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