26 Dec 2010

Role of sport in promoting harmony praised by Queen

9:19 am on 26 December 2010

The Queen has paid tribute to the role of sport in promoting harmony in society in her Christmas Day message.

She praised its role in building communities and creating harmony and highlighted the role of volunteers.

"Apart from developing physical fitness, sport and games can also teach vital social skills," she added.

Christmas Day messages are usually recorded at Buckingham Palace, but The BBC reports Hampton Court Palace was used this year.

In her message, the Queen praised the thousands of people across the country who give up their time to participate in physical activity, highlighting the "different perspective on life" offered by all sports.

The Queen also said sport can heal divisions. She highlighted the Commonwealth Games as a friendly gathering of nations, where the biggest cheers were for competitors from the smallest countries.

The broadcast was produced by ITN. It was shown in Commonwealth countries and on the British Forces Broadcasting Service.

The Royal Family made their traditional appearance after morning service at the church on Sandringham.