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King Charles III, Great Britain. The king’s first Christmas message

King Charles III, Great Britain.  The king’s first Christmas message

King Charles III, Great Britain. The king’s first Christmas message

“Peace, happiness and eternal light” was what King Charles III wished his subjects in his first address as ruler of the United Kingdom. Referring to his mother’s words in her last Christmas message, in which she emphasized grief over the loss of her husband, the king said that Christmas is “a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones”. Charles recorded his first Christmas message in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Elizabeth II rests.

The aired message, lasting just over eight and a half minutes, included shots of the members royal family, archival recordings of Elizabeth II and a fragment of a choir performance singing the anthem “God Save the King”. During it, recordings of volunteers from food banks and help for the homeless were also shown.

‘I stand here in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, so close to where my beloved mother and my dear father are buried. (…) Christmas is a particularly moving time for all of us who have lost loved ones – he said King Charles IIIaddressing his subjects.

– My mother’s faith in the power of light was a fundamental part of her faith in God, but also her faith in people, which I share wholeheartedly. It is a belief in the extraordinary ability of each person to touch, with kindness and compassion, the lives of others and illuminate the world around them with light (…). It is the essence of our community and the foundation of our society.

King Charles IIIReuters TV

Karol thanked public sector and healthcare workers, as well as charitable organizations and religious institutions. Among other things, he praised their work in the face of the ongoing economic crisis.

– Our churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurudwaras (Sikh temples) have joined together again in an effort to feed the hungry, give love and support throughout the year. Such heartfelt solidarity is the most inspiring expression of loving your neighbor as yourself, the monarch recalled.

– And while Christmas is a Christian holiday, the power of light overcoming darkness is celebrated across the lines of faith and creed. So no matter what faith you profess or whether you are a believer, in this life-giving light and true humility that lies in serving others, I believe we can find hope for the future. So let’s celebrate together and always love this light. “With all my heart, I wish you a Christmas full of peace, happiness and eternal light,” Charles III concluded.

Charles, as the eldest son of Elizabeth II, became the king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Northern after the death of her mother on September 8 this year. His official coronation will be held at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023.

His speech is a continuation of a tradition dating back 90 years. The first broadcast was made on the radio in 1932 by George V.

Elizabeth’s last message

A year ago, in his last Christmas messageElizabeth II remembered her husband Philip, with whom she lived 73 years, and who died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 99.

The Queen admitted at the time that while Christmas was a “time of great happiness” for many, it “can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones”. – This year I especially understand why. But in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and appreciation of the many tributes to his life and work from across the country, the Commonwealth and the world.

British royal familyPAP/Maciej Zielinski

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Main photo source: Reuters TV

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