Charles paid tribute to the Queen’s “beloved Mother” in his first Christmas speech

The monarch will pay tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth, during his first Christmas address to the nation.

A photo of Charles, taken while recording his inaugural speech, was released prior to the Christmas Day broadcast.

The monarch is depicted standing while giving his speech. Although the Queen has recorded her Christmas broadcast while sitting at a desk in recent years, in the past decades she has also been standing.

Charles records his first Christmas broadcast at the Quire of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle

The ceremonial message was recorded on 13 December at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The late King’s referral service was held in the place of worship. She was buried in the George VI Memorial Chapel, inside St George’s Chapel, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Charles spoke movingly of his “beloved mother”, who had reigned for 70 years, in his first broadcast when King was showing the day after her death on 8 September.

In that speech he said, “We owe her the greatest debt any family can owe to her mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding, and example.”

His Christmas message is expected to contain a similar tribute to the Queen. Some royal experts have also speculated that it may refer in particular to the Prince of Wales’ environmental campaign and Earthshot Prize.

Charles next to his mother’s coffin after her death earlier this year

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However, the monarch is unlikely to take up any of the contents of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary series, Harry and Meganwhich was released this month.

His Majesty’s speech was written before the final episodes aired, and it’s unclear if he will mention Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as he did in his first speech as royal.

The King’s Christmas message is recorded in the settlement of St George’s Chapel, where the royal family sat during the Queen’s commissioning service. During the broadcast, the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor played the National Anthem and sang a hymn.

In the background, a large Christmas tree can be seen decorated with ornaments made from sustainable materials including paper and glass as well as natural products such as pine cones.

As Prince of Wales, the monarch has regularly expressed concerns about the threat to the environment and has worked to bring together governments, along with the public and private sectors, to find solutions to the climate crisis.

The tradition of the Queen’s annual Christmas speech will continue with her eldest son

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The photo also shows the foliage decorations that were placed between the stalls in the cairre, featuring sacred ivy, red berries, and red cream.

After the King’s ceremonial speech was recorded, St George’s Chapel repurposed the Christmas tree in Dean’s Cloister for visitors to enjoy.

The broadcast was produced by BBC Studios Events, before ITV whose role it was to record the King’s first ceremonial speech under a rotating production system between the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the decision was made because the BBC “had experience of shootings at St George’s Chapel this year”.

Additional reporting by PA.

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