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King Charles Calls For Compassion In Christmas Message; Royal Tradition Sees A Twist

A living Christmas tree decorated with sustainable products stood against the backdrop of King Charles III’s Christmas message broadcast.

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King Charles III, in his second year as monarch, shared traditional Christmas message from the historic Centre Room in Buckingham Palace. Against the backdrop of escalating conflicts worldwide, including the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the King's message resonated with a plea for compassion and protection.

Reflecting on the tumultuous events of the past 12 months, King Charles drew inspiration from the core tenet of the Christian faith—treating others as one would want to be treated. "At a time of increasingly tragic conflict around the world, I pray that we can also do all in our power to protect each other," expressed Charles. He invoked the timeless wisdom of Jesus, emphasizing the relevance of the golden rule: 'do to others as you would have them do to you.'

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King Charles III & Queen Camilla along with royal family members on Christmas 2023 Credits: AP

At 75, King Charles III, known for his lifelong commitment to environmental causes, took a moment to address the growing awareness of the need to protect the Earth and its natural wonders. A replantable Christmas tree with sustainable decorations consisting of wood, glass, paper, pinecones, and dried oranges stood against the backdrop of his message.

The monarch's address showcased his admiration for the countless examples of people displaying imaginative ways of caring for one another. Whether at work or at home, within communities, or across boundaries, individuals were going the extra mile to help those in need, driven by an innate sense of doing what is right.

King Charles III also acknowledged the "selfless army" of volunteers, whom he referred to as the "essential backbone of our society." The King and Queen Camilla were particularly delighted by the presence of community representatives during the coronation congregation in May. This presence, according to the monarch, emphasized the true meaning of Coronation—a call to serve one another, to love, and to care for all.

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Royal family on Christmas Credits: AP

The broadcast seamlessly weaved footage from significant events throughout the year, including King Charles and Queen Camilla's tour of a surplus food distribution center during the launch of the Coronation Food Project. The Prince and Princess of Wales, along with their children, were seen actively participating in scout activities during the coronation weekend, while Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, attended events in Scotland. Anne, Princess Royal, was shown visiting the Household Division of Coldstream Guards at Wellington Barracks, underlining the royal family's dedication to various engagements.

King Charles III's Christmas message extended beyond religious boundaries, recognizing the celebrations of many "great religions of the world" that involve sharing a special meal. He highlighted these festive moments as opportunities for family and friends to come together, fostering conviviality and togetherness.

As the King concluded his festive broadcast, he expressed gratitude to all those serving one another and caring for our common home. The message echoed a universal call for unity and empathy in a world grappling with challenges. Earlier on Christmas Day, the royal family, led by King Charles, walked to St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate for their annual Christmas service.

In another heartwarming moment on Christmas Day, the Prince and Princess of Wales released a new photograph featuring their three children—Princess Charlotte, with her arms wrapped around her brothers, Princes George and Louis. The black and white portrait, captured by British photographer Josh Shinner, mirrored the casual and familial tone seen in the family's Christmas card portrait.

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