King Charles III maintained the tradition of the royal family delivering a Christmas speech by delivering his first Christmas speech as a king on December 25th. The pre-recorded speech was videotaped in Windsor Castle's Quire of St. George's Chapel, where the reigning monarch's parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, are laid to rest and was later televised to the public at 3 p.m. local time.
King Charles stated that he is standing in Windsor Castle's magnificent Chapel of St. George, which is so near to where his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, was put to rest alongside his dear father, Prince Philip. He went on to say that he can't thank the people enough for their love and compassion for the family members as he remembers the sincere notes, cards, and messages that individuals have sent to his wife and him.
The king continued his speech by saying that Christmas is extremely tough for individuals who have lost a loved one, as it reminds them of their nonappearance at every familiar turn of the season and keeps reminding them of the one lost in each treasured tradition. In his speech, King stated that in the well-known carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem," people sang about how through the dark streets shines the unending light, and it is something that his late mother, Queen Elizabeth believed in. He said her faith in the power of that brightness was an integral part of her faith in God as well as her faith in people, and that it is one that he shares sincerely.
It is a belief in each person's exceptional talent to touch the lives of others with kindness and generosity and to shine a beacon in the world around them, according to King Charles. This is the essence of society and its foundation. He proceeded on to express gratitude for the selfless devotion of those in the military services, emergency crews, health professionals, and government service professionals such as teachers and said he wants to pay special homage to all those marvelously kind individuals who so graciously hand out food or campaign contributions, or that most valuable consumer good of all—their time—to assist those surrounding them in greatest need, as well as the many nonprofit groups that do such extraordinary work in the most difficult circumstances.
While referencing his elder son Prince William and daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, King Charles stated that churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and gurdwaras have once again united together to feed the starving as well as provide love and encouragement throughout the entire year. Such legitimate solidarity represents the most uplifting symbolic representation of loving our neighbor as ourselves. The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Wales, outlining tangible examples of community spirit.
He also reflected on fulfilling a lifelong dream of having visited Bethlehem, where he went down into the Chapel of the Manger and continued to stand in silence and deep respect by the Silver Star inlaid on the floor, which highlights the location of our Lord Jesus Christ's birth. Standing on the spot where, according to the Bible, "the light that has entered the world" was born has more meaning for him than he can articulate.
While Christmas is, of course, a Christian holiday commemorating the triumph of light over darkness, Charles noted that it is observed by people of all faiths and beliefs. So, whatever faith and belief the people have, or whether they possess none, he believes individuals can find optimism for the future in this life-giving light and with the true humility that lies in service to others. As a result, he said everyone celebrate it together and keep it in their hearts and souls. King Charles III noted his first Christmas speech by wishing everybody a Christmas of harmony, unending light, and pleasure from the bottom of his heart.
Following two years of being largely disconnected for Christmas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the royal family managed to gather at Sandringham for the vacation this year. They customarily swap gag gifts on Christmas Eve. They left for church at St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas morning, on their way to greet the general public after the service, and then returned to Sandringham House for a customary lunch of turkey with all the trimmings.
There were several tributes to Queen Elizabeth at Kate Middleton's second annual Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey on December 15. The carol service is devoted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to all those who are unfortunately no longer with them, according to a text inside the Royal Carols: Together at Christmas program read. This service was inspired by her late Majesty's deeply held values of responsibility, kindness, and belief.
As the service began, a video showed how the late Queen was at the heart of Christmas Day for so many people. Prince William read a portion of his late grandmother's Christmas broadcast from 2012. He stated that he is always struck by how the essence of togetherness is also at the core of the Christmas story. William went on to say that from afar, poor shepherds and people visiting joined a new mother and an obedient father with their baby. They came bearing gifts to venerate the Christ child and since that day, the child has encouraged millions to dedicate themselves to the betterment of others. Prince mentioned that at time of year, people remind themselves that God sent his only son to serve, not to be served and who restored love and service to the center of the lives in the person of Jesus Christ.
Prince William concluded by expressing his hope that his example and having to teach will keep bringing individuals together to give their best of themselves in the service of others on Christmas Day. He mentioned the carol, "In the Bleak Midwinter," which ends by asking the question that he said everybody who understands the Christmas story of how God gave himself to the people in modest service. The questions that conclude the carol are "What can I give him, poor as I am?, If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb, and if I were a wise man, I would do my part. Yet what I can I give him—give my heart?"