The Royal Family in 2023: Top Stories of the Year
The monarch delivered her Christmas message after joining other members of the royal family at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas Day.
In September 2022, after the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles' second festive address of his reign – delivered at 3pm on Monday in the central room of Buckingham Palace, opened and decorated on the famous balcony overlooking the Mall. Replanted with live Christmas tree.
He called on people to protect each other, delivered a powerful message about the environment and praised volunteers who serve communities across the country.
Earlier, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis joined Charles and Camilla for a morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church.
It comes after the King and Queen waved to well-wishers as they attended a Christmas Eve service at the church on Sunday.
A Royal Christmas traditionally features greetings from people outside the church and a family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings.
Sandringham House has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs for more than 160 years and is now owned by the monarch.
Full report: King Charles offers message of hope amid 'increasingly tragic conflicts around the world'
The King called on people to “protect each other” as he said in his Christmas broadcast that the world was living in a time of increasingly tragic conflict.
Charles delivered his festive speech – the second of his reign following the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022 – standing up in the central room of Buckingham Palace, which opened onto a famous balcony overlooking The Mall.
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Andy Gregory26 Dec 2023 07:55
King Charles makes a big departure from the Queen in his Christmas speech
Charles delivered the second Christmas speech of his reign as king, and it's notable what – and who – it left out. Myra Butt reports.
While his mother Queen Elizabeth II traditionally opted for a family-focused speech with images of her children and relatives, the monarch's speech left no mention of her loved ones.
However, there was a brief glimpse of Prince William and Kate.
Alexander Butler26 Dec 2023 07:01
Royal family attend Christmas Day service at Sandringham
The Royal Family marked Christmas Day by attending a traditional festive church service at the King's Sandringham Gardens.
Royal fans gathered as the Prince and Princess of Wales walked hand-in-hand with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis from their Sandringham home to St Mary Magdalene Church.
They walked behind the King and Queen and were greeted by about a thousand locals, many of whom had waited hours to see the family on Christmas morning.
Alexander Butler26 December 2023 04:00
How King Charles and Queen Camilla Celebrate Christmas at Sandringham
Most families have their beloved Christmas traditions. Maybe it's playing an endless game of Monopoly, wearing pajamas all day, or falling asleep to grunts. EastEnders Christmas special. Whatever your heritage – the royal family has some great traditions of its own. Ellie Muir reports.
Royal Christmases are alive with tradition and custom: morning church visits, roast turkey feasts, walks on Sandringham grounds, and gift-giving with little reference to their German roots.
Queen Elizabeth II has spent every Christmas since 1998 at the family's country estate in Norfolk – and her son Charles will continue the tradition in his first official year as monarch following his coronation in May.
Alexander Butler26 Dec 2023 02:01
Here's how Harry and Meghan will spend Christmas this year
Despite murmurs of a possible reconciliation at Sandringham, it appears Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be joining the royal family for their annual Christmas celebrations in Norfolk. Manya Sachdeva reports.
The late Queen Elizabeth II has held every Christmas in the royal garden since 1998, and her son Charles III hopes to continue the same tradition in his first official year as monarch since his coronation in May.
Last month, amid rumors that a reunion between Harry and Charles could be on the horizon, it was reported that the couple would not turn down an invitation to spend Christmas at Sandringham.
Alexander Butler26 Dec 2023 00:01
I'm a royal expert – here's what you need to know about Sandringham Christmas
Royal Christmas has an established format. To see the royal family come to church is often in the same but different clothes, and to see the children grow up year after year.
It was the second Christmas of the monarch's reign, both celebrated at Sandringham. What's the difference this time? There were touching scenes of the young royals holding hands, and there was a spirit of family harmony in the air.
Princess Beatrice also included her seven-year-old stepson, known as “Wolfi”, the son of her husband Edoardo Mabelli Mozzi. For the second year running, the monarch allowed Prince Andrew to join the family for the service.
Alexander Butler25 December 2023 22:41
The Duchess of York joins the Royal Christmas Service at Sandringham
Sarah, Duchess of York made a public return to the heart of the Royal Family after joining the King and Queen in church on Christmas Day.
The former royal, who has had a troubled relationship with the monarchy, was pictured, smiling and glancing at the waiting media as she walked alongside her ex-husband, the disgraced Duke of York.
Royal fans spotted the Prince and Princess of Wales walking hand-in-hand with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church.
Alexander Butler25 December 2023 20:30
Read the King's Christmas Day speech in full
The king called on people to protect each other, delivered a powerful message about the environment and praised volunteers serving communities across the country in his second Christmas broadcast of his reign.
The festive address – the second since the death of her mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022 – was delivered standing in the central room of Buckingham Palace, which opened onto the famous balcony overlooking The Mall.
Charles called on people to “protect each other”, saying the world was living in a time of increasingly tragic conflict.
Alexander Butler25 December 2023 19:31
King Charles' five-point plan as he pushes for trillions of dollars to tackle the climate crisis
King Charles set out an action plan to tackle the climate crisis based on five key recommendations at Cop28, which he said would require up to five trillion dollars each year. Jane Dalton reports.
His proposals, made in the form of questions, included bringing together different types of organizations to tackle the crisis and leveraging private and goodwill funds on top of public money.
Second, King recommended careful targeting of money in projects, away from constant changes and risky practices in all industries around the world.
Alexander Butler25 December 2023 18:30
WATCH: King Charles urges public to protect environment in Christmas message
King Charles III urged the public to help protect the environment in his 2023 Christmas message.
He addressed the nation and Commonwealth from the Great Hall at Buckingham Palace.
Speaking at the recent Cop28 UN Climate Change Summit, keen environmental campaigner Charles said: “We care for the Earth for our children's children.
“In my lifetime I have been very happy to see an awareness of how we must protect the Earth and our natural world as the one home we all share.”
King Charles has urged the public to protect the environment in his Christmas message
King Charles III urged the public to help protect the environment in his 2023 Christmas message. He addressed the nation and Commonwealth from the Great Hall at Buckingham Palace. Speaking at the recent Cop28 UN climate change summit, keen environmental campaigner Charles said: “We are taking care of the earth for our children's children. “I am the happiest of my life. How to protect the Earth and our natural world as the one home we all share.”
Alexander Butler25 December 2023 17:50