King Charles III gave his first Christmas speech as a monarch. taken very close to his mother's grave. As the palace announced on Saturday night, the speech in St. George's Chapel in Windsor was recorded. His mother Elizabeth II, who died, was buried a few months ago under the church on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
In a previously shared photo, Charles can be seen in the chancel of the church in front of a lighted Christmas tree. He is wearing a bright blue suit with a matching tie and handkerchief. The speech is scheduled to air next Sunday and can usually be found on the royal family's Twitter account.
The palace initially gave no information on the content of the speech. In his first address to the nation, immediately after the death of his mother in September, Charles had expressed sentiments about the late Queen. It is expected that the death of Elizabeth II will also occupy a large space in this speech.
Charles gave the speech a personal touch with a few details in the background. The palace statement highlighted that the tree was decorated with sustainable materials such as paper and glass, as well as pine cones. He also found a reuse in the courtyard after the recording, where he could be admired by visitors, it said. Charles has been a committed climate and environmental protection activist for many years.
For the 74-year-old, the Christmas speech is one of the first major tests in his new role as king. "He will address the nation on his own behalf for the first time," said constitutional expert Craig Prescott from Bangor University in Wales in an interview with the German Press Agency. Prescott said it will be a "big moment" that should mark a milestone on the way to the coronation scheduled for May 6.
During her annual Christmas speech, the Queen addressed people from one of her palaces, mostly sitting at a desk. The first televised "Christmas message" was broadcast live from the Sandringham estate in 1957, where the Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas, as it does again this year. It was from there that Elizabeth II's grandfather, King George V, spoke for the first time in 1932 on the radio to the subjects of the Empire. Since then, the speech has been an integral part of the royal calendar.