Lots of history. King Charles III will deliver his first Christmas address as England’s monarch on Sunday 25 December at the same venue where his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s memorial service was held earlier in the year.
“This year’s show was filmed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – a location that has unique royal associations,” said a statement on the royal family Twitter Account read on Saturday December 24th. “Royal weddings and funerals have taken place here, most recently The Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II in September.”
The message continued, “The Chapel is also a place of worship for the Royal Family and has hosted a number of Royal Maundy Services, where special Maundy money is distributed to local pensioners to commemorate Jesus’ giving to the Apostles at the washed his feet at the last supper. ”
The late Queen died in September aged 96. Following her state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey on September 19, Elizabeth’s coffin was driven to Windsor Castle for an intimate funeral service. Her Majesty’s coffin was lowered into the family vault in the Windsor grounds alongside Prince Philip’s coffin. (The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 aged 99.)
During the memorial service in September, the 74-year-old king paid a special bow to his mother’s coffin as it was lowered into the King George VI Memorial Chapel. St. George’s Chapel was also the venue for royal weddings Prince Harry and Megan Markle as well as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbankboth 2018.
Charles, who succeeded his mother as reigning sovereign after her death, will honor Her Majesty’s legacy during the Sunday bank holiday. “It will be very sad not to have the Queen with us,” a source said exclusively Us weekly earlier this month. “[She] I don’t want them to be miserable or to be deterred from getting together and enjoying the occasion.”
The insider added, “They will be sharing fond memories, raising glasses and likely giving speeches about the wonderful life and legacy she left behind. There is a shared commitment across the family to remain true to her values and to continue the wonderful work she has done during her time as monarch.”
Charles – who is likely to pay tribute to the Queen in his Sunday address – will also attend the family’s traditional church service at Sandringham House on Christmas morning alongside his wife Queen Consort CamillaSon Prince William and daughter in law Princess Kate. The royals had skipped the holiday walk and church service for the past two years amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Prince of Wales’ first Christmas speech will be broadcast hours after the service on the BBC and the Royal Family’s YouTube channel and follows the precedent set by his great-grandfather King George V, who delivered Britain’s first Christmas broadcast in 1932. Elizabeth at that time was following the tradition of her late father after ascending the throne.