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King Charles has made one big change for his Christmas speech

King Charles has made one big change for his Christmas speech

King Charles will address the public for his first ever Christmas broadcast

King Charles has made one big change for his Christmas speech as we are expecting him to pay respects to his late mother.

The new King will now address the public for his first ever Christmas broadcast, which was recorded on December 13 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Ahead of the broadcast, the Royal Family have released a preview image of Charles and if you look closely at the photo, you might notice one specific difference.


Stood in front of a backdrop of the festively decorated church, we notice that the King is - indeed - standing, whereas the Queen usually sat down when doing her speech.

This follows the Bank of England's unveiling of the new bank notes featuring the new monarch.

Charles is set to be officially crowned at a coronation held on 6 May, 2023.

His new position brings a change to the coins, banknotes, passports and stamps, which previously displayed the Queen's face.

The bank notes are set to enter circulation in 2023.
Bank of England

Bank governor Andrew Bailey said: “I am very proud that the Bank is releasing the design of our new banknotes which will carry a portrait of King Charles III.

“This is a significant moment, as the King is only the second monarch to feature on our banknotes.

“People will be able to use these new notes as they start to enter circulation in 2024.”

Bank of England

As we know, Queen Elizabeth - who reigned the country for 70 years and 214 days - sadly passed away on September 8 as the world mourned her death.

At the time, Charles said in a written statement: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

Prince Harry also shared a heartfelt statement, which read: "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings - from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander in Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

"I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between.

"You are sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III."

"We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / The Royal Family Channel / YouTube

Topics: Royal Family, King Charles III, The Queen, Christmas