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Queen to pay tribute to “unsung heroes” in her 2016 Christmas broadcast

The Queen will pay tribute to “unsung heroes” in the community later today in her annual Christmas broadcast, to be aired in the UK at 3pm.

Her Majesty will say she that she draws strength from “ordinary people doing extraordinary things” in her annual Christmas day message to people living in the UK and the Commonwealth.

She will say that volunteers, carers, community workers and good neighbours are unsung heroes in society, whose quiet dedication makes them special.

The 90-year-old monarch will also pay tribute to Olympians and Paralympians who competed in the Rio Olympics earlier this year.

This year’s broadcast was filmed in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

The 10-minute message will be broadcast at 3pm GMT on BBC One, ITV, Sky News and BBC Radio 4.

In the message, the Queen wore a jade silk dress by on of Her Majesty’s favourite designers, Angela Kelly, as well as a pearl and diamond brooch which belonged to The Queen Mother.

As she delivers her message, beside The Queen on her desk is a copy of the newly released photograph of herself and Prince Charles, released to celebrate the end of her 90th birthday year.

The 90-year-old monarch will also pay tribute to the “inspirational work” of the more than 600 charities of which she has been Patron of, together with the achievements of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award & The Prince’s Trust.

Her Majesty will say: “I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. They are an inspiration to those who know them.”

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast will be aired at 3pm in the UK on Christmas Day. After broadcast, it will be available to view on Royal Central.

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