Royal Family at Sandringham live: Charles delivers Christmas message after joining Kate and William at Sandringham

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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.

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King Charles hailed it as a 'selfless army of volunteers'.

King Charles, who launched his Coronation Meals program in November, said “we need to find ways to support those less fortunate than ourselves” to support charities that provide unwanted items to the underprivileged.

On the backdrop of the Queen Victoria Memorial, Charles said: “Over the past year, my heart has been warmed by the countless inspiring examples of people caring for each other – going the extra mile to help those around them. They know it's the right thing to do: at work and at home; within and across communities.

“My wife and I were delighted that hundreds of representatives of that army of selfless people – volunteers who serve their communities in so many ways and so many different ways – joined us at the Coronation in Westminster Abbey earlier this year. They are the essential backbone of our society.

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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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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

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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.

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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 held every Christmas at the family's country estate in Norfolk since 1998 – and her son Charles may continue the tradition in his first official year as monarch following his coronation in May.

Alexander Butler26 Dec 2023 02:01

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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 spent every Christmas in the royal garden since 1998, and her son Charles III is expected to continue the same tradition in his first official year as monarch since being crowned 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

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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 who 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

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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 looking 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.

The Duchess of York smiles as she joins the royal family on Christmas Day

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Alexander Butler25 December 2023 20:30

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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.

In September 2022, the second festive address after the death of her mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II – was opened in the central room of Buckingham Palace, on 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

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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

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