King Charles III. made his first Christmas broadcast as Britain’s reigning monarch on Sunday.
The late Queen Elizabeth II. she appeared on television since 1957, although the tradition dates back to 1932, when her grandfather King George V.
Introduced after a rousing rendition of ‘God Save the King’, King Charles began his speech by thanking those who had expressed their condolences to his family.
“I stand here in this beautiful St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle so close to where my beloved mother, the late Queen, is laid to rest with my dear father,” he said. “I remember the deeply moving letters, cards and messages so many of you sent my wife and I. And I can’t thank you enough for the love and sympathy you have shown our entire family.”
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This year’s broadcast was pre-recorded at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, which is remembered as the resting place for the Queen’s Committal Service in September after her death.
“Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones. We feel their absence at every familiar turning point of the season and remember them at every favorite tradition,” he added.
King Charles touched on his mother’s faith in God as well as her “faith in men”; the feelings he shares.
“It is the belief that each person’s extraordinary ability to touch with kindness and compassion the lives of others and shine light into the world around them. That is the essence of our community and the very foundation of our society,” he said. he said.
He thanked the armed forces, emergency services, health workers, teachers and all those in public service “whose skills and commitment are at the heart of our communities”.
King also touched on the light present in people facing conflict, famine or natural disaster, or people at home looking for ways to pay the bills and keep their families fed and warm. We see it in the humanity of people across our nations and the Commonwealth who respond so readily to the plight of others.”
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The King paid special tribute to his son and daughter-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“The Prince and Princess of Wales recently visited Wales and highlighted practical examples of this community spirit.”
Footage of the couple, along with King Charles, Camilla, the Queen Consort, the late Queen and Prince Edward, was shown over the course of the 8.5-minute video.
The monarch also devoted himself to his transformational journey to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.
“There I went down to the chapel of the manger and stood in silent reverence by the silver star that is inlaid on the floor and marks the place of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It meant more to me than I can express that I was standing on it.” that place where the Bible tells us that the light that came into the world was born,” he said. “While Christmas is of course a Christian celebration, the power of light that triumphs over darkness is celebrated across faiths and beliefs. So whatever faith you have or none, it’s in this life-giving light and with true humility.” which lies in our service to others, through which I believe we can find hope for the future. So let’s celebrate her together and always cherish her.”
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He concluded his message by saying: “From the bottom of my heart, I wish each of you a Christmas of peace, happiness and eternal life.”