In a pre-recorded speech from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen was buried alongside her husband Prince Philip, the new monarch thanked the public for their love and sympathy. Death in September.
“I am reminded of the deeply touching letters, cards and messages many of you have sent my wife and I, and I cannot thank you enough for the love and sympathy you have shown our entire family,” he said.
“Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones. We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them at every cherished tradition.
King Charles honored the Queen’s legacy throughout his speech, recalling her belief in the power of “eternal light” and her belief in people touching the lives of others.
“In the carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ we sing, ‘Eternal light shines upon thy dark streets.’ My mother’s faith in the power of that light was an essential part of her faith in God, but also her faith in people—which I share wholeheartedly. Faith in their extraordinary ability to touch lives, shine light in the world around them with goodness and compassion,” he said.
“It’s the essence of our society and the foundation of our society.”
Sunday’s message marks Britain’s first annual Christmas Day absence since the Queen delivered her first message in 1957. His final Christmas speech last yearHe spoke of “passing the baton” to the next generation.
King Charles also made an indirect reference War in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis, speaking of “anxious” and “difficult” times as people around the world face conflict, and those at home struggle to pay their bills and “feed and warm their families”.
The King’s speech continues a 90-year-old royal family tradition and comes days later The first images of British banknotes The names of the new monarchs were published by the Bank of England.
A portrait of King Charles appears on the £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes. Meanwhile, the rest of the designs are similar to the current notes featuring the late Queen Elizabeth on the front.
Subscribe to Royal NewsSending you a weekly inside track on the Royal Family, what they do in public and what goes on behind palace walls.