With Charles (74) at the helm, the family showed up close to their residence. Worn in fairly mild temperatures Prince Louis (4), the youngest son of heir apparent Prince William and Princess Kateshorts and became a favorite of the cameras.
Among the visitors were both of Charles’s brothers, including the one involved in a sexual abuse scandal Prince Andrew. He appeared with his daughters, the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and their husbands. Like the newspaper Sun recently reported, Andrew is in an increasingly difficult position in the Royal Family. Charles threw the 62-year-old out of Buckingham Palace, the newspaper wrote. Andrew is no longer allowed to use an office there and is no longer allowed to use the city palace as a correspondence address. “Any presence at the palace has officially ended,” the newspaper quoted a source as saying.
Unlike most Britons, the royals didn’t give any gifts on Christmas morning. The gift giving traditionally took place on Christmas Eve – this is due to the German roots of the family. In addition to attending church services, a feast and Charles’ first speech were on the program for the holidays.
Charles positioned himself in the first Christmas address
At the center of his first message he placed the systemically important workers who, especially in times of crisis, made “selfless commitment” for society. The monarch explicitly thanked employees in the health and social services as well as teachers and all employees in the public sector. In these sectors in particular, there is currently dissatisfaction with low wage increases, and there are always strikes. Commentators took Charles’ focus as bordering on political commentary, as the numerous wage disputes have become a bone of contention in the London government district.
Unlike his mother, who last addressed her people seated from a festively decorated table, Charles spoke standing up from St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the Queen is buried. In 1957, Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to address the public at Christmas via television. It was the first time that a king gave the televised Christmas speech. Around 8.1 million viewers followed the BBC reported that Charles’ speech was broadcast on Christmas Day, more than any other holiday program.
Commemoration of the Queen
He shares with his “beloved mother” the belief in people who could touch the lives of others with kindness and compassion, the 74-year-old said of pictures of the Queen who died in September. This is “the essence of our community and the foundation of our society”.
His daughter-in-law Kate had previously dedicated a Christmas carol to the Queen in London’s Westminster Abbey, which she had organized and which was broadcast on television on Christmas Eve. She paid tribute to the Queen’s “incredible legacy” that “has deeply inspired many of us”. Kate and William’s children Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7) sang along loudly.