A picture has been released of the monarch recording his first Christmas message, which is expected to greet the Queen.
The message, which was recorded on December 13 and will be broadcast on Christmas Day, was poignantly filmed inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Queen Buried to rest.
In a nod to his long-standing commitment to the environment, King is pictured standing in front of a large Christmas tree, decked out with pine cones and sustainable ornaments made of paper and glass.
It is a change of scenery from the letters recorded by the Queen, where she is traditionally seated and surrounded by portraits of her family.
There are no photos of the monarch this year, but there are floral arrangements in the background using English foliage of holly cassia, ivy, and red.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed a Christmas carol this year, and the national anthem will be performed by the St George’s Chapel choir.
Royal Christmas broadcasts are an old tradition and are shown across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
It is another important landmark for King.
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He is currently residing at Sandringham, his estate in Norfolk, where he will be joined by members of the royal family to celebrate Christmas.
This is the first time the family has gathered here since 2019, and of course, their first Christmas without the Queen.
As is customary, members of the family will accompany the king and queen consort to church on Christmas morning.
Royal fans are expected to arrive early to witness their arrival.
It is not yet known who will be attending, but it is believed that Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, will be staying at the property.
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He hopes his Christmas broadcast will send a positive message, as he plans to have his coronation next spring.
The Queen’s last Christmas address
If he chooses to focus on the loss of his mother, it will be a somber reversal of the Queen’s last Christmas speech.
In 2021, the late Queen Reflected on a year of personal grief In a touching Christmas Day message, she said there was a “familiar laughter missing” as she acknowledged her husband’s death amid the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sitting behind a desk decorated with solitary portraits of the Queen and the Duke in 2007 to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, the monarch said: “Although it is a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones.
“This year, especially, I understand why.”
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”.
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