The king used his first Christmas broadcast to sympathize with families struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and to praise individuals, charities and faith groups that support help those in need.
Harles spoke of the “great anxiety and hardship” many people experience when trying to “pay the bills and keep their families fed” in his televised message, in which There are scenes of a food bank and other scenes of meals being distributed to the homeless.
The country is grappling with an economic crisis partly caused by the war in Ukraine, and the monarch also praised the volunteers, expressing gratitude for the “wonderful kind people” who donated food or their time.
Charles delivered his historic Christmas broadcast in the auditorium of St George’s Chapel, reflecting the late Queen’s festive speech in 1999, and it followed his mother’s long-held pattern, a personal reflection on the year, addressing current issues and the Christian framework.
But the King also recognized other faiths, emphasizing how religious communities help those in financial difficulty and, like Christians, they believe in “the power of light to overcome.” dark”.
The main theme is the celebration of “selfless dedication,” a value embodied by Queen Elizabeth and reflected in the actions of many, from emergency services to individuals with a spirit of public good. , which helps build and strengthen communities.
The pre-recorded message begins with Charles reflecting on how he is standing “so close to where my dear mother, the late Queen, rests with my beloved father” in the King’s Memorial Chapel George VI, and he thanked the public for the “love and sympathy” expressed in condolence cards and messages.
He also described the festive period as a “profound time” for bereaved families, adding, “We feel their absence at each familiar time of the season and note remember them in every cherished tradition”.
Charles said he shares the late Queen’s “belief in people” who can touch the lives of others with “kindness and compassion”, which he describes as “the essence of community”. community and the foundation of our society”.
These qualities are reflected in the “selfless dedication” of the armed forces, health and social care professionals, teachers and all those working in the public service.
His words came as the country faced a series of strikes by public sector workers, including nurses, ambulance workers and Border Force personnel.
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Charles added: “And at this extremely anxious and difficult time, whether for those around the world facing conflict, famine or natural disaster, or for those at home who are looking to pay the bills and keep their families warm, we see it in the humanitarian hearts of people across our countries and the Commonwealth who are so willing to respond to the circumstances other people’s difficulties.
“I especially want to express my gratitude to all the wonderfully kind people who have generously given food or donations, or most precious of their time, to support those around them who are experiencing most difficult, along with many charities that have done so extraordinary work in the most difficult circumstances.”
Footage was shown of the armed forces and emergency services at work, from soldiers carrying sandbags to speeding ambulances, followed by doctors and nurses in wards and patients. home caregiver.
The King’s son and daughter-in-law were featured during a visit to St Thomas’ Church in Swansea in September, and he said: “The Prince and Duchess of Wales recently visited Wales, highlighting examples practical about this community spirit.”
William and Kate’s trip to Swansea, and Anglesey earlier on the same day, was their first visit to Wales since receiving the title and the prince helped pack the family’s groceries for a real bank St Thomas’-based products, while the princess chatted with community nursery nurses who refer mothers to the church’s on-site infant bank.
Other members of the royal family have been spotted at official events from the Queen’s 2018 visit to the RAF Club in London to the Queen handing the children Paddington bears to leave in memory of the late king.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Royal were also featured but there were no pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who resigned as working royals in 2020.
Days before the funeral of the late Queen on October 19, Charles told the faith leaders gathered at Buckingham Palace that as monarch he had an important role to play “… duty to protect our nation’s diversity, including preserving space for the faith itself and its practice through religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs whose hearts and minds ours directs us as individuals.”
He recognized those other faiths when he said in his Christmas message: “Our churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurdwaras, have united once again. in feeding the hungry, providing love and support throughout the year.
“Such sincere solidarity is the most inspiring expression of loving your neighbor as yourself.”
In a collection of video clips showing the King at official events, Charles is seen wearing a Sikh handkerchief or handkerchief on his head as a sign of respect during his visit to Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton. earlier this month and received condolences from the public during a stroll outside Buckingham Palace in September.
His own faith was another central theme and he spoke of making his “a lifelong wish” to visit Bethlehem in 2020 and stand near the sacred site in the Church of the Nativity, which struck where Christians believe that Jesus Christ was born.
Charles, who previously described himself as “a devoted Anglican Christian”, said in the speech: “To me, that means more than I can put into words. standing in the position where, as the Bible tells us, ‘Light has come into the world’ was born.
The Christmas broadcast, written by the King and lasting eight minutes, ended with a message for believers and non-believers: “Although Christmas is, of course, a celebration. Christian concept, the power of light to overcome darkness is celebrated across the boundaries of faith and belief.
“Therefore, whatever faith you have, or whatever faith you may not have, it is in this life-giving light, and with true humility that lies in our service to others. , which I believe we can find hope for the future.
“So let’s celebrate it together and cherish it forever.”
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