December 2019


King Charles Pays Tribute To Queen Elizabeth In First Christmas Speech As Monarch
“I’m standing here in this exquisite chapel of St George, at Windsor Castle, so close to where my beloved mother, the late queen, is laid to rest with my dear father,” the sovereign said. “I am reminded of the deeply touching letters, cards, and messages which so many of you have sent my wife and myself and I cannot thank you enough for the love and sympathy you have shown our whole family.”

“Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones,” he added. “We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the season and remember them in each cherished tradition.”

It was the first time that little Louis has made an appearance with his parents for the occasion. Prince Andrew also joined the family.

King Charles’ first Christmas speech – text in full

How King Charles III’s Christmas Speech Pays Tribute to the Queen

King Charles III appears on new UK banknotes for first time
King Charles III made his official debut on the UK’s money, with the Bank of England unveiling its first banknotes featuring the new monarch Tuesday.

The revamped currency bearing the king’s likeness will enter into circulation from mid-2024 to gradually replace those featuring his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Charles became king in September following Queen Elizabeth’s death at age 96 after 70 years on the throne.

The new 5-, 10-, 20- and 50-pound polymer banknotes feature a portrait of Charles on the front, as well as a cameo of him in the banknotes’ see-through security window, but are otherwise unchanged from their current designs.

The reverse side of the money will also remain unchanged, with portraits of Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the 5-pound notes, author Jane Austen on the 10-pound notes, artist JMW Turner on the 20-pound ones and computer scientist Alan Turing on the 50-pound notes.


Image courtesy Bank of England / AFP via Getty Images, PA Media, NBC, and royal.uk

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