Queen gears up for London Olympics in speech

Friday December 24, 2010

The Queen has made sport the focus of her Christmas message this year.

In a nod towards the upcoming Olympic Games, her annual address - broadcast on December 25 - points out how sport can be used to build communities and create harmony.

It also highlights the important role that volunteers play.

"In the parks of towns and cities, and on village greens up and down the country, countless thousands of people every week give up their time to participate in sport and exercise of all sorts, or simply encourage others to do so," she says.

"These kinds of activity are common throughout the world and play a part in providing a different perspective on life."

Footage showing newly-engaged William and Harry and a group of young African orphans from Lesotho bonding as they play football is included in the broadcast.

The Christmas Day message is normally recorded at Buckingham Palace, but this year it has been done from Hampton Court Palace - the first time the venue has been used.

Photo: PA

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