King Charles III (74) faces another test: on Christmas Day (3 p.m. UK time) his first Christmas speech as king will be broadcast on television. He succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), who died on September 8 at the age of 96. She appeared in her first TV message for the festival in 1957. The tradition of the royal Christmas speech began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V (1865-1936). Now a first picture of King Charles III has been taken from the palace. published during his speech, which is available to the BBC, among others. The 74-year-old can be seen at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

A funeral service was held in the chapel at the Queen’s state funeral. Members of the royal family attended, as did the royal household and heads of government. The Queen’s coffin was then lowered into the royal tomb. The private burial took place in the King George VI side chapel in the presence of King Charles III. and members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II is buried next to her husband Prince Philip (1921-2021) and her parents King George VI. (1895-1952) and Queen Mother (1900-2002).

Charles wears a dark blue suit with a matching tie and handkerchief to his speech. The monarch, who is committed to protecting the environment, also added his own touch to the special occasion: behind him is a festively decorated Christmas tree, to which plastic-free, recyclable decorations have been added, including sustainable materials such as paper and glass, and natural products such as pine cones .

King Charles III, King’s wife Camilla (75) and the royal family will spend Christmas in Sandringham for the first time in three years after the Corona compulsory break. According to British media reports, Buckingham Palace has confirmed this. The Royals last met at the Norfolk estate in 2019 for their traditional Christmas party.