For the first time as monarch of the UK, King Charles III is expected to address the nation on Christmas Day, so let’s explore where could his 2022 speech be broadcast and at what time.
This Christmas will be the first festive period for many, many years without Queen Elizabeth II as British monarch following her death in September. King Charles will step up to the task this December and it will be the nation’s first king’s speech in 71 years.
The occasion will highlight another first; a British king delivering a televised message. King George VI’s Christmas messages were broadcast on radio before the mass production of televisions. Queen Elizabeth II made her TV debut on her sixth Christmas on the throne, in 1957.
Here’s what we know so far about the anticipated king’s speech.
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King Charles’ speech on Christmas Day 2022 – time and subjects explored
Broadcasters have yet to confirm their December 25 schedule, but if Charles follows in his mother’s footsteps, he is expected to deliver his speech at 3pm GMT from one of the royal residences. This, of course, will be updated when an official time is set.
Windsor Castle was a favourite of the Queen, who spoke from the White Drawing Room in her final festive address.
Monarchs have typically discussed the country’s biggest highlights and the Royal Family’s own milestones, so it’s likely Charles will pay tribute to his late mother, who passed away this year aged 96, and her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The shifting sands of three UK prime ministers and the war in Ukraine are also possible talking points.
Where the King’s Christmas speech is likely to be shown
The King’s speech is expected to be available on TV, radio and broadcast on either ITV or BBC. ITN and the Beeb have been the production companies behind the annual event in recent years, although Sky produced its first message in 2011. Last year, viewers could witness the speech across a range of channels which also included the Royal Family’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree 2022 is a little bare, say Londoners
The Christmas tree for 2022 arrived in London’s Trafalgar Square on Monday, November 28 and stands 68ft (21m) high. It will be illuminated at an official ceremony on December 1 at 5.45 pm and be taken down on January 6.
An annual gift from Norway to Britain as a token of gratitude for support during the Second World War, Londoners claim the tree has seen better days given its lack of volume.
The tradition began in 1947 but some on the internet are convinced Norway “hates” the UK due to the tree’s lacklustre condition on the 75th anniversary.
“We definitely annoyed Norway somewhere over the years,” one joked.
This photo is unfair – it hasn’t been spruced up yet:
Here’s a realistic shot of the finished product:
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