United Kingdom: in his first Christmas message, King Charles III highlights the values of “solidarity” and “humility”

In his speech on Sunday, the new sovereign notably paid “homage to all those people” who give “food”, “money”, or their “time” so “precious”.King Charles III, December 23, 2022, at Windsor Castle (United Kingdom). (VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP)

It is his first Christmas message since his accession to the throne. “I will never thank you enough for the love and sympathy you have shown to all our family” after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, King Charles III said on Sunday December 25. He also underlined how emotional this holiday is for “all those who have lost loved ones”.

Dressed in a blue suit, the 74-year-old sovereign spoke from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where his mother and father, Prince Philip, are buried. In his message, he praised the military and emergency services, “who are working tirelessly” for the security of the country, as well as the health personnel, while the nurses recently decided on a historic strike.

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“I particularly want to pay tribute to all those wonderfully kind people who so generously ‘donate’ ‘food’, ‘money’, or their ‘precious’ ‘time'”, he added, in these times of “great concern and of trials”. The king cited those facing war, hunger or natural disasters as well as those “here looking for ways to pay their bills or feed and heat their families” as inflation nears 11%. “Such heartfelt solidarity is the most inspiring expression of loving your neighbor as yourself,” he said.

“Whatever your faith, or whether you have none, it is in this life-giving light and with the true humility that lies in service to others that I believe we can find hope for the future”, he added, wishing a “Christmas of peace, happiness and eternal light”.


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