King Charles Breaks Royal Tradition Today

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.25 - 2023 8:33 AM CET

King Charles Breaks Royal Tradition Today.

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King Charles has given his annual Christmas message a sustainable twist.

For the first time, he will be standing beside a living tree during his yearly broadcast, which airs on Christmas Day in England.

According to People, This change marks a continuation of his ongoing environmental efforts.

The tree, as described by Buckingham Palace, is adorned with "natural and sustainable decorations," including hand-turned wood, pinecones, brown glass, dried oranges, and paper. Following the broadcast, the tree will be replanted.

Reflecting on the Past and Present

King Charles' first Christmas address occurred last year, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

In that address, he reflected on the loss of his mother and expressed his lifelong wish to visit Bethlehem. He also mentioned his son, Prince William, and daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.

This year's broadcast, produced by ITN and recorded in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace, will feature a potpourri bowl with a gilt metal cover, "almost certainly acquired by George IV," according to Buckingham Palace.

Royal Commitment to the Environment

Ahead of the address, King Charles and Queen Camilla were seen in Sandringham, Norfolk, attending a morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

The King has been vocal about his hopes for the environment and the climate, including during a speech at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.

He emphasized the urgency of climate talks, stating, "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."

This year's Christmas message from King Charles not only continues a long-standing royal tradition but also integrates his commitment to environmental sustainability, reflecting a modern approach to royal duties and public messaging.