Royal Roundup: The Queen Dons Blingy Eyeware for Christmas Message

The Queen wears 3D glasses to record her annual Christmas message at Buckingham Palace, Dec. 7. (John Stillwell, pool/AP Images)

Dark wrap-around shades are a cool look for the Queen. But they’re not a new palace fashion choice, they’re just the sporty 3D glasses the Queen wore when she recorded her Christmas message earlier this month.

Still, they weren’t just any old pair of multiplex glasses – they were studded with crystals that formed the letter “Q” on the side.

The world got a look at the Queen’s speech earlier today. She said it was humbling to see the “strength of fellowship and friendship” displayed during her Jubilee year, praised the UK’s sense of public service and urged people to help each other.

“It’s important at this time of year to reach out beyond our familiar relationships to think of those who are on their own,” she said.

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In other news about the Queen:

• The Queen attended a Christmas service today at St. Mary Magdalene Church at the Sandringham estate, after a cold prevented her from going to services on Sunday.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie joined the Queen as she made her traditional journey from Sandringham House to the church in a Bentley. Prince Philip, who didn’t attend services last year because of a heart ailment, walked the distance, accompanied by the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending the holiday with the duchess’s parents, and Prince Harry is on duty in Afghanistan.

“After the church service,” reported Simon Dedman of BBC News, “the Queen dressed in a turquoise overcoat and matching hat, immediately started to meet the 70 or so children who were waiting in a queue to meet her.”

• The British government’s naming of Queen Elizabeth Land in Antarctica received lots of attention last week, but with it came an official diplomatic complaint from Argentina.

The UK’s ambassador to Argentina received a formal protest note “strongly rejecting” the UK’s claim to the piece of land itself, reports BBC News.

Both Argentina and Chile dispute the ownership of parts of the southern Antarctic region.

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