The monarch’s great-grandfather, King George V, gave the first live broadcast of a Royal Christmas on the radio from Sandringham 90 years ago.
In his first Christmas broadcast, King Charles sympathized with families suffering from the cost of living crisis.
Here is the full text of King’s broadcast:
I stand here in this fine St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, near where my beloved mother, the late Queen, lies with my dear father.
“I remember the deeply moving letters, cards and letters so many of you sent my wife and I and I cannot thank you enough for the love and compassion you have shown our entire family.
“Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones.
“We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them in every cherished tradition.
In the much-loved hymn, Little Town of Bethlehem, we sing of how “in your dark streets shines the eternal light.”
“My mother’s belief in the power of this light was an essential part of her belief in God, but also her belief in people and it is one of the things I share with all my heart.
“It is a belief in the extraordinary ability of each person to touch the lives of others with kindness and compassion and to illuminate the world around them.
“This is the essence of our society and the foundation of our society.
“We see this in the selfless devotion of our armed forces and emergency services who work tirelessly to keep us all safe, and who performed admirably as we mourn the passing of the late Queen.
“We see this in our health and social care professionals, our educators, and indeed all public service workers, whose skills and commitment lie at the heart of our communities.
“And in this time of great anxiety and hardship, whether it be for those facing conflict, famine or natural disaster around the world, or for those at home finding ways to pay their bills and feed their families and keep them warm, we see it in the humanity of people across our nations and Commonwealths who They readily respond to the misfortune of others.
“I especially want to pay tribute to all those good people who have generously given food or donations, or those precious goods at all, their time, to support those around them who need it most, along with the many charitable organizations that do exceptional work in the most difficult of circumstances.” .
“Our churches, temples, mosques, temples and gurdwaras, are once again united in feeding the hungry and providing love and support throughout the year.
This sincere solidarity is the most inspiring expression of love for one’s neighbor as ourselves.
The Prince and Princess of Wales recently visited Wales, highlighting practical examples of this community spirit.
“A few years ago, I was able to fulfill a lifelong desire to visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.
There, I went down to the Church of the Nativity and stood in reverent silence next to the silver star inlaid on the ground which denotes the place of birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It meant more to me than I could express to stand in that spot of, as the Bible tells us, ‘the light that came into the world.'”
While Christmas is, of course, a Christian celebration, the power of light in overcoming darkness is celebrated across boundaries of faith and belief.
So, whatever your faith, or whether you have faith, it is in that life-giving light, and in the true humility that lies in our service to others, that I believe we can find hope for the future.
“Let us celebrate it together, and cherish it always.
“With all my heart, I wish each and every one of you a Christmas of eternal peace, happiness and light.”
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