King Charles III Breaks Royal Tradition with His Christmas Day Message (video)



King Charles has given his annual Christmas message a sustainable update. The King’s yearly broadcast, which airs on Christmas Day in England, has served as a tradition for both the reigning monarch and families across the country since the 1930s.

And on Monday, that tradition will see a new twist, as King Charles will be standing beside a living tree for the very first time, marking his ongoing environmental efforts.

The tree, according to Buckingham Palace, is decorated with “natural and sustainable decorations,” with some highlights including hand-turned wood, pinecones, brown glass, dried oranges and paper.

It will later be replanted following King Charles’ second time manning the broadcast.

King Charles’ first Christmas address took place last year, after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

In it, the royal reflected on the loss of his mother, spoke about his “lifelong wish” to visit Bethlehem and even referenced his son, Prince William, and daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.

King Charles’ Christmas Message From Buckingham Palace – VIDEO

Monday’s Christmas broadcast, which was produced by ITN and recorded in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace, will also feature a glimpse of a potpourri bowl with a gilt metal cover which was “almost certainly acquired by George IV,” per Buckingham Palace.

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Ahead of the address hitting televisions across the U.K. and beyond, King Charles and Queen Camilla were spotted in Sandringham, Norfolk, on Christmas Eve. The two attended a morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church to ring in the holiday.

In photos from their outing, Charles could be seen wearing a long tan overcoat, gray trousers and brown shoes as he held an umbrella. Camilla, 76, also had an umbrella in hand as she wore a large black hat and a long coat of her own.

Other members of the royal family are set to gather over the weekend at Sandringham House, before their Christmas Day walk to and from the church for annual holiday services.

King Charles and Queen Camilla.
King Charles and Queen Camilla.JOE GIDDENS/PA IMAGES VIA GETTY

“In 2050, our grandchildren won’t be asking what we said, they will be living with the consequences of what we did or didn’t do,” Charles said at the time, referring to climate talks as “an unmissable opportunity to keep our common hope alive.”

“I can only urge you to meet it with ambition, imagination and a true sense of the emergency we face, and together with a commitment to the practical action upon which our shared future depends,” he added.

Info: People