UNITED KINGDOM: In his inaugural Christmas address, King Charles emphasized the rising cost of living crisis and the “severe concern and difficulty” experienced by people who are trying to “pay their bills and keep their families fed and warm.”
The king dedicated a significant portion of his broadcast to people easing the hardship of others, with the country facing economic difficulties and the war in Ukraine in the background.
He complimented “the wonderfully kind people” who had donated food for their time, with prominent footage showing food banks and meals being given to the needy.
The monarch paid respect to his mother and recognized others who had lost loved ones in his Christmas message, delivered from the quire of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the late Queen Elizabeth II had also delivered it in 1999.
He noted that religious communities were among those assisting others in financial need, and he was speaking to people of all faiths and no faith.
He also recognized those who had assisted during difficult times, including volunteers, charity workers, medical professionals, and others.
Regarding his main point of “selfless dedication,” he noted that examples included “our armed forces and emergency services who work ceaselessly to keep us all secure.”
He talked about his own Anglican religion and the great effect Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, where Christians commemorate Jesus’ birth, had on him when he visited a few years ago.
Standing where, according to the Bible, “The light that has come into the world” was born meant more to me than words could ever explain.
As he thanked the public for their “love and sympathy” expressed in cards and sorrow letters, the pre-recorded statement opened with him reminiscing on being “so close to where my beloved mother is laid to rest with my dear father” in the George VI Memorial Chapel.
The program featured images of the emergency services and the military forces in action. The foundation of the royal dynasty as it is today was also depicted. During their tour to Swansea, the Prince and Princess of Wales were visible.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and other royal family members were visible on various occasions. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, however, were not featured in any photographs or references.
The royal family made their customary Christmas Day walk to St. Mary Magdalene church on the Norfolk estate while Charles celebrated Christmas Day at Sandringham.
Members of the royal family were led by the king and queen consort as they made their way to St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham for the first Christmas Day service since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Even though he no longer performs any public duties and is no longer a working royal, the Duke of York accompanied them on their walk as family member.