In his second Christmas message as King, Charles of Britain urged people to extend kindness, compassion, and environmental care during a period marked by economic challenges and global conflicts. The 75-year-old monarch highlighted the significance of supporting those facing hardships and expressed gratitude for volunteers, charity workers, and individuals dedicating their holidays to caring for others.
In a departure from tradition, King Charles delivered his message beside a living Christmas tree at Buckingham Palace, emphasizing environmental sustainability. The palace stated that the tree would be replanted, aligning with Charles’ long-standing commitment to environmental issues. The tree featured natural and sustainable decorations, including pine cones and paper.
“We care for the Earth for the sake of our children’s children,” emphasized Charles, speaking from the Centre Room at the palace, known for its balcony where the royal family appears on special occasions.
Reflecting on his lifetime, King Charles acknowledged the growing awareness of the need to protect the Earth and natural world as a shared home. Having ascended to the throne in September 2022 after the passing of Queen Elizabeth, he expressed hope that global awareness would lead to the preservation of our planet.
Amidst the tragic conflicts worldwide, including the 11-week-old war in Gaza, Charles called for collective efforts to protect one another. As the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, he drew upon Christian teachings, emphasizing the universal values of doing good to others, which he deemed more relevant than ever in the current global context.
King Charles’ Christmas message encapsulated a call for compassion, environmental stewardship, and unity in the face of global challenges, resonating with the spirit of the holiday season.
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