King Carlos greets public employees in a Christmas message

LONDON (HPD) — King Charles III on Sunday evoked memories of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as he delivered his first Christmas message as monarch, paying tribute to the “selfless dedication” of public service workers in Great Britain. Britain, many of whom are locked in a dispute with the government over their salaries.

Carlos, 74, also declared his solidarity with people who can barely pay their bills “in times of great anxiety and difficulty.” Like many other parts of the world, the UK is dealing with high inflation and declining purchasing power for ordinary citizens.

The king’s opening words, however, were in memory of his mother, who passed away in September at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.

“Christmas is a particularly emotional time for all of us who have lost a loved one,” Carlos said. “We feel their absence with the arrival of each season and we remember them with each revered tradition.”

After the death of his mother, Carlos immediately ascended the throne. The coronation ceremony is scheduled for May.

In his televised speech, Carlos wore a dark blue suit. Unlike the queen, who used to sit at a desk to give the annual speech, Charles stood next to a Christmas tree at St. George’s Chapel, the church in Windsor Castle where his father and his wife are buried. mother.

Carlos said he shared with his mother “the belief in the extraordinary capacity of each person to touch, with kindness and compassion, the lives of others and to shine a light on the world around them.”

“The essence of our community and the very foundation of our society” lies in “the health and social service professionals and teachers, and all those who work in public service, whose skills and commitment are at the heart of our communities,” Carlos declared.

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