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Queen's speech filmed at barracks
Queen chats to troops
The Queen is seen chatting to troops in the broadcast
The Queen has recorded her traditional Christmas Day speech to the nation at an Army barracks in Windsor.

It is the first time the address to Britain and the Commonwealth has been shot entirely on location.

In clips released by Buckingham Palace, the Queen is seen talking to servicemen and women who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

In another first, the speech - which has the theme of teamwork - will be available over the telephone this year.

Troops serving around the world will be able to dial up on their mobile phones to listen to the speech, in which the Queen pays tribute to the dedication of the armed forces.

The service is also open to the public, but calls will cost 10p a minute more than the normal rate to cover the cost of the facility.

The Queen recording her message
The Queen recorded her message among tanks at a barracks

Short excerpts of the film released on Tuesday show the Queen at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, the headquarters of the Household Cavalry.

Buckingham Palace says the Queen's purpose is to recognise the professionalism of the armed services in a year when so much has been asked of them and their families.

It is the second time excerpts of the Queen's speech have been released ahead of Christmas Day.

As is traditional, the speech will be screened on BBC One and ITV1 and aired on radio at 1500 GMT on Christmas Day.

BBC News Online will broadcast the speech for internet users and also carry a text version.

The telephone line, on 0871 271 3100, will be open until 1500 GMT on Tuesday, 6 January.

The programme, produced for the BBC by Nick Vaughan-Barratt, will also be broadcast throughout the Commonwealth.

The BBC's Nicholas Witchell
"The entire broadcast was recorded at the barracks"

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