King Charles III May Be Planning a ‘Dignified Power Move’ In His First Christmas Speech, But Half of the UK Admit They Still Won’t Be Tuning In
King Charles III is continuing the tradition of delivering an annual Christmas speech this year. According to some reports, the new monarch could plan a “dignified transfer of power” as part of the address. But half of the UK say they won’t tune in to witness it.
Queen Elizabeth has missed just one Christmas message during her 70-year reign
British monarchs have brought a holiday message to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth since Charles’ great-grandfather, King George V, started the tradition on the radio in 1932.
His late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, continued the practice and gave the first televised Christmas speech in 1957 and did so every year until her death – with one exception.
In 1969, the Queen decided to release a printed message from Buckingham Palace. She made the decision after the royal family took part in a documentary released earlier this summer.
“I have received a large number of kind letters and messages of appreciation and concern about this year’s break with the usual Christmas broadcast and I want you all to know that my well wishes are no less heartfelt and personal because they come to you one.” different shape,” read the written message.
King Charles III may be planning. in his first Christmas speech a “worthy surge in power”.
For Charles’ first Christmas message – which comes just days after the release of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix documentaries – royal expert Jo Elvin says His Majesty may be planning something in response.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the king very quickly started latching on to a new mantra: ‘What would [Queen Elizabeth II] do?'” Elvin said via Express. “In terms of how to deal with this inflammatory docuseries, he will want to publicly avoid any comment or action that further discusses this soap opera and grows cornier by the hour.”
Elvin went on to say that privately, King Charles may need to get over his alleged desire to avoid conflict with his youngest son and daughter-in-law and “get everyone talking”.
“As different as the family memories may be, I think finding a way to heal Harry and Meghan’s pain should be a priority because it seems like they never run out of energy to complain otherwise and explain,” said Elvin. “A loving mention in his first Christmas address would be a worthy step of power.”
Half of the UK say they will not brace themselves for King Charles III’s speech
Even if the king planned it, that doesn’t mean that many will see it. Half of the country isn’t interested in hearing Charles’ message, according to a new poll.
According to Newsweek, the latest YouGov poll found that 49 per cent of Brits say they do not plan to see Charles’ speech on Christmas Day. Eight percent of these respondents previously tuned in to see Queen Elizabeth’s broadcasts. 38 percent of respondents said they wanted to watch the speech, and 13 percent said they didn’t know.
The monarch’s annual speech is broadcast each year on 25 December at 3pm London time.