King Charles’ very first Christmas speech could have a ‘surprise’

King Charles’ first-ever Christmas speech is being kept secret until it airs at 10 a.m. EST on Christmas Day.

But Charles is expected to talk about his mother’s Platinum Jubilee, her funeral, the war in Ukraine and Harry and Meghan.

The speech was pre-recorded by King Charles, 74, on December 13. Contrary to tradition, Charles filmed the Quire’s speech from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle ready to do so, The Sun reported.

Charles was crowned king following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. Elizabeth was on the throne for 70 years. She filmed her last Christmas speech at Windsor Castle last year.

The chapel where Charles filmed his message is where the Queen’s committal service took place.

Sources say the ten-minute speech will be “different” – and possibly include a “surprise” for viewers, according to the Sun.

Last year, the Queen paid tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in October 2021.

Historian Jeremy Archer recently said “OK!” magazine that the speech will be “solemn and thoughtful”. He said: “I’m sure he’ll spend as much time talking about his mother as anything else.”

The only photo released by Buckingham Palace showed Charles standing in front of a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments made from sustainable materials.

King Charles III’s speech will air at 3pm on BBC One, BBC Two, ITV One and Sky One. You can also catch it afterwards on BBC iPlayer and ITVX.

The King will host the traditional Christmas gathering of the Royal Family at Sandringham Estate.

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