With King Charles III. at the helm, the Royals returned to the traditional service near their Sandringham residence in eastern England for the first time since the pandemic on Boxing Day. In his first Christmas address as King, Charles III. condolences to families in need.
“Time of Great Anxiety and Need”
In the speech televised on Sunday afternoon, the monarch said there was a “time of great anxiety and need”. This applies to everyone worldwide who is exposed to conflict, famine or natural disasters, as well as those “who find ways to pay their bills and feed their families and keep them warm”. Millions of people in the UK are struggling with rising food prices and energy bills.
It was the first time a king gave the televised Christmas speech. In 1957, Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to address the population on television at Christmas. The Queen’s speech was broadcast live at the time, but it has long since been recorded. Charles’ speech was recorded at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on December 13th. Buried beneath the church in the grounds of Windsor Castle is the Queen, who died on September 8 after 70 years on the throne.
Personal words for “beloved mother”
In the speech, Charles found personal words for his “beloved” mother. The holidays are a “moving time” for the bereaved, the king said. “We sense their absence at every familiar season and remember them at every cherished tradition.” He shared with the late Queen the belief in people who could touch the lives of others with kindness and compassion. This is “the essence of our community and the foundation of our society,” said the 74-year-old.
Charles thanked the military, health and social workers, teachers and all government workers for their “selfless service.” They would readily respond to the needs of others with much humanity. “I would like to give a special tribute to all the wonderfully kind people who so generously donate food or donations or the most precious commodity of all, their time, to support those most in need,” said the king.
Short pants for Christmas
In Sandringham, Prince Louis (4), the youngest son of heir to the throne Prince William and Princess Kate, wore shorts when the temperatures were quite mild. Numerous onlookers waited hours to catch a glimpse of the royals. The best pictures:
Photo gallery: Traditional Christmas service: This is how the Royal Family celebrated
Commemoration of the Queen
For the royals, Christmas was all about Queen Elizabeth II. Charles’ mother died on September 8 after 70 years on the throne. Princess Kate dedicated to the Queen a carol singing she organized at London’s Westminster Abbey, which was televised on Christmas Eve. She paid tribute to the Queen’s “incredible legacy” that “has deeply inspired many of us”. Kate and William’s children Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, sang along loudly.
Charles and his wife Queen Camilla were among the 1,800 guests at the event. Kate and daughter Charlotte also wore burgundy coats, as did Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall. Heir apparent William read an excerpt from the Queen’s 2012 Christmas message.
Closed against allegations
The British media emphasized above all the demonstrative joint appearance of the royals. In doing so, they would have set a sign of unity against the allegations made by William’s younger brother Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan in the Netflix series “Harry and Meghan”. The second part of the series was posted on December 15th, the day of Kate’s Christmas carols.
The fronts between Harry and Meghan, who live in California with their children Archie and Lilibet, and the family in England are considered hardened. The couple have repeatedly accused the palace of lack of support and even racism. In his first speech as king, Charles had declared his love for the two. But in view of the Netflix series and the January 10 release of Harry’s autobiography, the alienation has increased, it said in London. Harry declined an invitation to celebrate Christmas together in England.
Scandal prince among the guests
Among those attending the service in Sandringham were both Charles’ brothers, including Prince Andrew, who was involved in a sexual abuse scandal. He appeared with his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and their husbands. As the newspaper “Sun” recently reported, Andrew is in an increasingly difficult position in the royal family. Charles threw the 62-year-old out of Buckingham Palace, the newspaper wrote. Andrew is no longer allowed to use an office there and is no longer allowed to use the city palace as a correspondence address. “Any presence at the palace has officially ended,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.
First TV speech
After a feast, the royals wanted to see Charles’ first Christmas speech together in the afternoon, which the monarch had recorded almost two weeks ago. The tradition was started in 1932 by Charles’ great-grandfather, King George V. It was the first time that a king gave the televised Christmas speech. In 1957, Charles’ mother Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to address the population on television at Christmas. Unlike the British, the Royals did not give any gifts on Christmas Day in the morning. The gift giving traditionally takes place on Christmas Eve – this is due to the German roots of the family.
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