King Charles III Urges Compassion in Christmas Speech



by NOUMAN RASOOL

King Charles III Urges Compassion in Christmas Speech
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In a poignant Christmas broadcast, Britain's King Charles III appealed for global compassion amidst ongoing conflicts, including the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This year's royal Christmas message, a tradition spanning over nine decades, was filmed in Buckingham Palace's Centre Room, offering a view of the Queen Victoria Memorial and The Mall.

King Charles, in his address, emphasized the Christian principle of treating others as one wishes to be treated. He urged, "At a time of increasingly tragic conflict around the world, I pray that we can also do all in our power to protect each other." The monarch echoed the words of Jesus, stressing their relevance: "do to others as you would have them do to you." The 75-year-old King, known for his lifelong environmental advocacy and his recent appearance at the COP28 climate summit, also highlighted environmental concerns.

He expressed his encouragement from witnessing the rising consciousness about protecting the Earth, "the one home we all share." A replantable Christmas tree, decorated with sustainable materials like wood, glass, paper, pinecones, and dried oranges, was visible during the King's speech.

He shared his heartfelt appreciation for the innovative ways people show care and kindness in their communities, deeming such acts as the "right thing to do."

Honoring Community Volunteers

King Charles paid homage to the invaluable contributions of volunteers, describing them as the "essential backbone of our society." He fondly recalled the inclusion of community representatives at the May coronation, underscoring their significance in embodying the Coronation's spirit of mutual service and love.

The broadcast featured footage of the coronation and various royal family engagements throughout the year. Viewers saw King Charles and Queen Camilla visiting a surplus food distribution center, initiating the Coronation Food Project.

The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children were depicted engaging with scouts during coronation festivities. Prince Edward and Sophie were shown at Scottish events, and Princess Anne visited the Household Division of Coldstream Guards.

Additionally, the King's message recognized the importance of shared meals in many world religions, enhancing unity and togetherness. He concluded by thanking those who serve others and care for our planet. Earlier in the day, King Charles led the royal family to the Christmas Day service at St.

Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk. The Prince and Princess of Wales celebrated the day by releasing a new photograph of their children, captured by photographer Josh Shinner, showing a joyful Princess Charlotte with her brothers, Princes George and Louis.

The casual, black-and-white image was shared on the couple's social media, reflecting the warmth of the royal family's Christmas celebrations.

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