"We wanted to do something a bit different and special in this Jubilee year," says a spokesperson

By Simon Perry
Updated December 24, 2012 03:05 PM
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Check out the new Queen of Cool – rockin’ her shades.

As if her Diamond Jubilee, her Summer Olympics’ James Bond stunt and the anticipation of her great-grandchild from William and Kate weren’t enough, Queen Elizabeth has capped this very special year by donning some funky glasses to view a new 3D version of her annual seasonal broadcast – the first time her traditional speech has been filmed in the format.

Complete with a blinged-out “Q” in Swarovski crystals decorating the temples of the frames, the specs – which she also once wore for a 3D movie in Canada a couple years ago – are an unlikely addition to the Queen’s jewels.

“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,” a spokeswoman says.

The Queen’s message will air at 3 p.m. U.K. time on Christmas Day. Looking back on the highlights of the year, she is expected to include her praise of the British Olympians and Paralympians who excelled at the London 2012 games.

Meanwhile, the 86-year-old monarch was absent from a pre-Christmas church service at Sandringham Sunday. It was said by Buckingham Palace that she is nursing a cold.