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King Charles Is Breaking Royal Tradition With This Year’s Christmas Day Message

This year, King Charles is introducing a notable change to the royal tradition with his Christmas Day message. While the practice of a yearly royal broadcast on Christmas Day has been a staple in England since the 1930s, King Charles is adding a unique twist to this long-standing custom.

For the first time in royal history, King Charles will deliver his Christmas message standing next to a living Christmas tree, highlighting his commitment to environmental conservation. Buckingham Palace revealed details about the tree, emphasizing its decoration with natural and sustainable materials. These include hand-turned wood, pinecones, brown glass, dried oranges, and paper, showcasing an eco-friendly approach to holiday festivities. Notably, the tree will be replanted following the broadcast.

In his message last year, King Charles poignantly remembered his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, from St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen was interred alongside Prince Philip. During this emotional tribute, the King reflected on the loss of loved ones and the significance of continuing cherished traditions in their memory.

King Charles began his previous speech by acknowledging his proximity to his mother’s final resting place, expressing his gratitude to the public for their overwhelming support and condolences following the Queen’s passing in September. He conveyed his appreciation for the heartfelt letters, cards, and messages sent to him and his wife, underscoring the public’s love and sympathy towards the royal family.

This year’s Christmas message marks a departure from the format traditionally used by Queen Elizabeth II, who usually sat at her desk for the annual video. In her final Christmas speech, she spoke about “passing the baton” to the next generation. King Charles, in contrast, chose to stand by the Christmas tree in a dark blue suit, symbolizing both continuity and change in royal traditions.

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