There is one key difference between King Charles’ Christmas speech and the late Queen’s

King Charles will address the public for his first Christmas broadcast. A photo of Charles, taken during the recording of his inaugural address, has been released ahead of the broadcast which will be shown on Boxing Day.

The King is expected to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth during his first Christmas message to the nation. Ahead of the broadcast, the palace has released a sneak peek image.

But there is one important difference you can see at a glance: the monarch is depicted standing while delivering his address. In recent years, the Queen recorded her Christmas broadcast sitting at a desk, but she had also stood for decades before.

The festive message was recorded on December 13 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, a religious building strongly associated with the late Queen.

The monarch’s committal service was held at the place of worship and she was laid to rest in the George VI Memorial Chapel, in St George’s, alongside her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

Charles spoke movingly of his “beloved mother”, who reigned for 70 years, in his first broadcast as King showed the day after her death on September 8.

In that speech he said: “We owe her the deepest debt any family can owe its mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.”

The King’s Christmas message was recorded in the graveyard of St George’s Chapel, where the royal family sat during the Queen’s committal service, and during the broadcast the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will perform the national anthem and sing a carol.

In the background you can see a large Christmas tree decorated with ornaments, which are apparently made from sustainable materials, including paper and glass as well as natural products such as pine cones.

As the Prince of Wales, the King regularly expressed concerns about the threat to the environment and worked to bring governments, and the private and public sectors, together to find solutions to climate change.

The photo also shows leaf decorations that have been placed among the sheds in the yard, which have holly, ivy and red skimmia.

After the recording of the King’s celebratory speech, the Christmas tree was reused by St George’s Chapel in Dean’s Cloister for visitors to enjoy.

The broadcast was produced by BBC Studios Events, ahead of ITV whose turn it was to record the King’s first State of the Union address under a rotating producer system between the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the decision was taken as the BBC had “experience of shooting in St George’s Chapel this year”.

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