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Queen's Message: Monarch Reflects On 2013
The Queen has reflected on key events of the past 12 months in her traditional Christmas broadcast, including the birth of her great-grandson Prince George and the 60th anniversary of her coronation.
In her message, recorded earlier this month at Buckingham Palace, the 87-year-old monarch said: "We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection.
"With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock."
The head of the Commonwealth also used the theme of "reflection" to look ahead to the Commonwealth Games being staged in Glasgow next year.
The newest addition to the Royal Family was something the Queen was keen to focus on, saying the arrival of a baby "gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope".
During the broadcast, behind-the-scenes footage was shown for the first time of the photoshoot at Clarence House in October, shortly after the Christening of Prince George at the Chapel Royal.
One photograph taken was that of the Queen with the next three generations of monarchs including Princes Charles, William and George.
As the Queen spoke to the British people, and those of the Commonwealth, the historic photograph took pride of place next to her at the Palace alongside a framed image of her father George VI and mother, the Queen Mother.
The Christmas address is written by the Queen and is one of the rare occasions when she does not turn to the Government for advice, but is able to voice her own views.
It was this year recorded in Buckingham Palace's Blue Drawing Room, which featured a large Christmas tree decorated with coloured baubles.
During her message, the Queen was seated wearing a single crepe-wool primrose dress designed by Angela Kelly, which she wore to William and Kate's wedding in April 2011.
On her left shoulder was a diamond, ruby and sapphire brooch, a present from her parents to celebrate the birth of Charles in 1948, which she wore at George's Christening.
Earlier on Christmas Day the monarch was joined by her family at church in Sandringham - with the exception of Prince George.
The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew led the walking party from the main house to St Mary Magdalene's church on the Norfolk estate.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided the 45-minute service would be unsuitable for their five-month-old.
Prince Harry joined the 11am stroll sporting a beard grown during his trek to the South Pole.
The Queen, who is normally accompanied by the Countess of Wessex, was this year instead joined by a heavily pregnant Zara Phillips.
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