Queen’s 3D Christmas Message Will Be A First

The Queen’s first 3D Christmas message was recorded on Friday at Buckingham Palace, marking the first time a royal has been filmed with the technology

The Queen of England is not one to shy away from using the latest technology for the message, though her grandson, Prince William, declined to use the technology during his wedding to Kate Middleton last year, reports The Daily Mail.

Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message is a tradition that dates back to her grandfather, George V, who delivered a radio broadcast written by Rudyard Kipling in 1932.

Elizabeth began in 1952 with her first Christmas radio message, then moved on to TV with a live speech in 1957. The 3D Royal debut also follows the Queen of England’s performance with Daniel Craig in a James Bond sequence that was recorded specially for the London Olympics this past summer.

Along with appearing in 3D for the first time, Queen Elizabeth’s other forays into emerging technology have been when a royal YouTube channel was set up in 2007 and the Queen was given her own Twitter account in 2009.

The Independent notes that the Queen’s 3D message will be focused on the Diamond Jubilee, as well as the Olympics. Viewers of the message will need to have special 3D glasses, a 3D TV, and a 3D box in order to view the speech in its filmed format. It will be made available to BBC and ITV.

Despite this being the first time the Queen has given her Christmas message in 3D, it is not the first time she has been rendered in the technology. Artist Chris Levine made a holographic portrait of the Queen of England, which has been projected onto buildings like Kensington Palace and Mont Orgueil Castle.

Check out the Queen of England’s Christmas message from last year here.