It’s not known what topics the King will address in his festive speech, but he will write it himself with a helping hand from his advisors as he did in his inaugural speech last year
King Charles is set to broadcast his second Christmas message as monarch this Christmas Day, after his inaugural speech last year.
Officials were only permitted to make small changes to go alongside archival footage which was included by producers. This year, it’s likely the King will take the same approach as he’s written the speech himself. Advisors have lent him a helping hand, according to the Mail Online., but King Charles has come to understand he is at his best when speaking in situations which are as off-the-cuff as can be allowed, sources state.
This is something he has come to hone with age. Charles demonstrated this skill at the Diamond Jubilee Concert on The Mall in 2012, where he decided to speak without notes, and actually rewrote his entire speech in the royal box, The Daily Express reports.
He even managed to rouse the crowd to sing Prince Philip’s name loudly, with the hope his father might be able to hear it from his hospital bed, having been drenched at the river pageant, which nearly made Queen Elizabeth cry. It’s not known what topics or themes the King will address in his festive speech this year, but some topics which have dominated the headlines include the conflict in Gaza and the King’s own Coronation, which could be conversation area.
Charles is also a passionate environmentalist and keen to raise awareness of climate change, which is something he made apparent during COP28. He made a wide-ranging speech about the impact of human behaviour on the next generation.
The King said: “I pray with all my heart that Cop28 will be another critical turning point towards genuine transformational action at a time when, already, as scientists have been warning for so long, we are seeing alarming tipping points being reached. Despite all the attention, there is 30 percent more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now than there was back then, and almost 40 percent more methane.
“Some important progress has been made, but it worries me greatly that we remain so dreadfully far off track as the global stocktake report demonstrates so graphically.” It’s is not yet know if the King will reference some of his own turmoil, including his much publicised fraught relationship with his son Prince Harry, and wife Meghan Markle.
Despite all this, King Charles’s festive season is thought to be less serious than the last, which was the first without Queen Elizabeth. Following the passing of his mother last year, his own Coronation celebrations and the revelations in his son’s memoir, the King will have had a lot on his mind.
This year is set to be more jubilant, as Queen Camilla’s children and grandchildren will be new additions to the Sandringham guest list, and the King will be celebrating his first full year on the throne.
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