With Prince Andrew scandalized but without estranged Prince Harry, the royal family celebrated their first Christmas without the Queen. With King Charles III. At the helm, the royals returned to traditional service near their Sandringham residence in eastern England for the first time since the pandemic hit on Boxing Day. In his first Christmas address as King Charles III. Condolences to families in need.
In the televised address Sunday afternoon, Jordan’s monarch said there had been “a time of great concern and need.” This applies to all those who are exposed to conflict, famine or natural disasters around the world, as well as those who “find ways to pay their bills and feed and keep their families warm”. Millions of people in the UK suffer from high food and energy costs.
This was the first time King had given a televised Christmas speech. In 1957, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles’s mother, was the first monarch to address the population on television at Christmas. The Queen’s speech was broadcast live at the time, but it was long ago recorded. Charles’ speech was recorded at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on 13 December. Buried under the chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle is the Queen, who died on September 8 after 70 years on the throne.
Personal words for the “beloved” mother
In the letter, Charles finds personal words for his “beloved” mother. The King said the holidays are a “touching time” for the bereaved. “We feel their absence in every familiar season and remember them in every cherished tradition.” He shared with the late Queen the belief in people who can touch the lives of others with kindness and compassion. This, the 74-year-old said, is “the essence of our society, the foundation of our society”.
Charles thanked the military, health and social workers, teachers and all government workers for their “dedicated service”. They will readily respond to the needs of others with a lot of humanity. “I wish to pay special tribute to all the wonderful good people who have generously donated food, donations or the most precious commodity of all, their time, to support those most in need,” said the King.
Traditional church service at Sandringham
At Sandringham, Prince Louis (4), youngest son of heir to the throne Prince William and Princess Kate, wore shorts when the temperatures were very mild. Many spectators waited hours to catch a glimpse of the royals.
For the royal family, Christmas was all about Queen Elizabeth II. Charles’ mother died on September 8 after 70 years on the throne. Princess Kate dedicated a sung carol to the Queen, which she staged at Westminster Abbey in London, and which was televised on Christmas Eve. She praised the Queen’s “amazing legacy” which has “profoundly inspired so many of us”. Kate and William’s sons Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, sang out loud.
Charles and his wife, Queen Camilla, were among the 1,800 guests at the event. Kate and her daughter Charlotte also wore burgundy coats, as did the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall. Crown Prince William read an excerpt from the Queen’s message at Christmas 2012.
The British media emphasized above all the joint appearances of the members of the royal family. In doing so, they will be marking unity against allegations made by William’s younger brother Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, on the Netflix series “Harry and Meghan”. The second part of the series was published on 15 December, Kate’s Christmas Carols Day.
The fronts between Harry and Meghan, who live in California with their children Archie and Lilibet, and the family in England are tight-lipped. The couple has repeatedly accused the minors of a lack of support and even racism. In his first speech as king, Charles declared his love for the two. But in light of the Netflix series and the publication of Harry’s autobiography planned for January 10, alienation has increased, it reported in London. Harry declines an invitation to celebrate Christmas together in England.
Andrew is having a hard time in the royal family
Among those attending the service at Sandringham were Charles’ two brothers, including Prince Andrew, who was embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal. He appeared with his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and their husbands. As The Sun recently reported, Andrew is in an increasingly difficult position in the royal family, with Charles kicking the 62-year-old out of Buckingham Palace, the paper wrote. Andrew was no longer permitted to use an office there and was no longer permitted to use the City Palace as a correspondence address. “Any presence in the palace has officially ended,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.
After a feast, the royals wanted to see Charles’s first Christmas speech together in the afternoon, which the king had recorded nearly two weeks ago. The tradition was started in 1932 by King George V’s grandfather to Charles. This was the first time King had given a televised Christmas speech. In 1957, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles’s mother, was the first monarch to address the population on television at Christmas. Unlike the British, the royals don’t give gifts on Christmas Day in the morning. The gift is traditionally given on Christmas Eve – this is due to the family’s German roots.
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