Queen Elizabeth II hailed the holidays in a new dimension this year when she delivered her Christmas message in 3D for the first time.
In her annual broadcast, the monarch paid a tribute to the armed forces, "whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends" over the holidays.
Watch the address:
She also paid tribute to the world's athletes for delivering a "splendid summer of sport" at the London Olympics. The 86-year-old head of state provided an Olympic highlight when she made a surprise comic turn with James Bond actor Daniel Craig in a short film for the opening ceremony.
The first Christmas broadcast was given by Queen Elizabeth's grandfather George V in 1932. It has become a Christmas Day tradition for many families to watch it together after lunch.