Charles III delivered his first Christmas speech on Sunday December 25, 2022.
He wanted to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died three months earlier.
The king had chosen a costume with a particular color for the occasion.
For the first time in 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II did not address the British for her traditional Christmas speech. Since his death on Thursday September 8, it is his son who has taken his place under the name of Charles III. He thus became the first man to deliver a Christmas speech broadcast on television, on Sunday, December 25.
A solemn moment for the 74-year-old man, who did not fail to pay tribute to his late mother, from the start of his speech. “I stand here […] so close to where my beloved mother rests with my dear father” he began before continuing, addressing the British: “I cannot thank you enough for the love and compassion you have shown to our entire family”. A beautiful speech for the monarch who sent his vows from St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
King Charles III wore blue in tribute to Elizabeth II
In addition to evoking Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions, the husband of Queen Consort Camilla wanted to pay her a discreet tribute through her outfit. Indeed, according to the Mirror, the man wore a blue suit matched with a tie with white polka dots “because it would be his late mother’s favorite color”.
Not to mention his sentimental choice, the color blue is symbolic for Charles III. According to Karen Haller, color psychology specialist, the shade chosen shows him “in a position of authority, trustworthy, reliable and on whom one can count”. A way for the grandfather of George, Charlotte and Louis to show that he has “a sense of duty” and that he “takes seriously with sustained attention”. A particularly successful first Christmas speech.
King Charles III and Camilla Parker Bowles © Backgrid UK