In his annual Christmas address, King Charles III emphasized the importance of global environmental awareness, peace amidst worldwide conflicts, and the significance of serving others. The King's message, delivered from Buckingham Palace's Centre Room with the Victoria Memorial in view, resonated with themes of faith, empathy, and stewardship of the Earth.
In his eloquent speech, King Charles stressed, “To care for this Creation is a responsibility owned by people of all faiths and of none. We care for the Earth for the sake of our children’s children”. Reflecting on his lifetime, he expressed gratification towards the increasing consciousness about protecting our natural world.
“During my lifetime, I have been so pleased to see a growing awareness of how we must protect the Earth and our natural world as the one home that we all share,” he stated.
Christmas Message: Unity and Compassion
The King also addressed the pressing issue of global conflicts.
He urged for mutual protection and highlighted the relevance of the teachings of Jesus: “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. He emphasized that these values are universal, uniting people across different religions and belief systems worldwide.
This year's message, filmed at Buckingham Palace, marks a shift from last year's setting at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. It was the first Christmas message filmed at Buckingham Palace since Queen Elizabeth's address in 2018.
King Charles also spoke about the essence of Christmas – a time of friendliness and a reminder of our duty to help others. He acknowledged the continuous work of those caring for others, even on Christmas day. “This care and compassion we show to others is one of the themes of the Christmas Story,” he remarked, recalling the story of Mary and Joseph receiving shelter.
Service and Gratitude Highlighted
The King shared his experiences over the past year, where he witnessed numerous acts of kindness and community service. He and Queen Camilla were particularly moved during the Coronation at Westminster Abbey, where representatives of the community-serving volunteers joined them.
King Charles highlighted the Christmas story's theme of service: "the birth of Jesus who came to serve the whole world, showing us by his own example how to love our neighbor as ourselves”. He stressed the importance of community work to support the less fortunate, especially during hardship.
Concluding his address, King Charles extended his heartfelt gratitude to those dedicated to serving others and caring for our planet. “My heart and thanks go out to all who are serving one another; all who are caring for our common home; and all who see and seek the good of others, not least the friend we do not yet know,” he said.
He reminded us that service is a way to honor all of Creation, a belief shared across all religions. King Charles affirmed that we bring out the best in ourselves through such actions.