Queen's Christmas message to be shown in 3D, her majesty dons fancy 3D specs for preview

Not only has it been confirmed that the Queen's Christmas message will be broadcast in 3D, as well as standard and high definition, but her majesty has also had a sneak peek while wearing a rather fancy pair of 3D glasses.

In it, she will focus on the incredibly successful London Olympic Games held this year, hailing the country's "splendid summer of sport".

The event marks the first time the Queen's address has been filmed in 3D, and comes 80 years after the very first Christmas message, delivered by King George V on radio.

"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," said  Buckingham Palace.

It was filmed by Sky News for the second year running and will be broadcast at 3pm (GMT) on Sky News, Sky 1, BBC One and ITV 1 in both standard and high definition. The 3D version will be screened on Sky 3D and BBC HD.

For those outside the UK, it will be available on the Royal Channel on YouTube.