King Charles III continues the tradition this year of delivering an annual event christmas speech. According to some reports, the new monarch could be planning a “dignified power move” as part of the speech. But half the UK say they won’t tune in to witness it.
Queen Elizabeth missed just one Christmas message during her 70-year reign
British monarchs have sent a Christmas message to the UK and the Commonwealth since Charles’ great-grandfather, King George V, started the tradition on radio in 1932.
his late mother, queen elizabeth iiHe continued the practice and gave the first televised Christmas speech in 1957, continuing to do so every year until his death, with one exception.
In 1969, the Queen decided to issue a printed message from Buckingham Palace. She made this decision after the royal family was involved in a documentary that was released earlier that summer.
“I have received a large number of kind letters and messages of respect and concern at this year’s break with the usual Christmas broadcast, and I want you to know that my good wishes are no less warm and personal because they come to you in a different form.” , said the written message.
King Carlos III may be planning a ‘dignified power move’ in his first Christmas speech
For Charles’ first Christmas message, which comes just days after the launch of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Netflix docuseries — Royal expert Jo Elvin says Her Majesty might be planning something in response.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the King has very quickly started clinging to a new mantra: ‘What would [Queen Elizabeth II] do?’” Elvin said, according to Express. “On the question of how to handle this incendiary docuseries, publicly you will want to avoid any comment or action that would make this soap opera continue to be discussed and become more vulgar by the hour.”
Elvin went on to say that in private King Charles might need to get over his reported desire to evade conflict with his youngest son and daughter-in-law and “get everyone talking”.
“As varied as the memories are in the family, I think finding a way to heal Harry and Meghan’s pain should be a priority because it seems like they’ll never run out of energy to complain and explain otherwise,” Elvin said. “A loving mention in his first Christmas speech would be a worthy power move.”
Half of the UK says they won’t tune in to King Charles III’s speech
Even if that’s what the king has planned, it doesn’t mean that many will witness it. According to a new poll, half the country is not interested in hearing Charles’ message.
According to news week, the latest YouGov poll revealed that 49 per cent of Britons say they don’t plan to watch Charles’ speech on Christmas Day. Eight percent of those surveyed previously tuned in to watch Queen Elizabeth broadcasts. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed said they planned to watch the speech and 13 percent said they didn’t know.
The monarch’s annual speech is broadcast every year on December 25 at 3:00 p.m. London time.