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King's Charles III's first-ever Christmas Day speech will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III is thought to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II while addressing the nation in his first-ever Christmas Day message on Sunday.

An image of the monarch, which was taken during the recording of his initial festive address, has been released to the media ahead of the message being screened on December 25.

The video message was recorded ten days ago at St George's Chapel in Windsor - a religious building associated strongly with the late Queen, who sadly passed away on September 8 this year.

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Wales Online reports that the late monarch's committal service was held at the place of worship, and she was laid to rest subsequently after with her husband, Prince Philip, in the George VI Memorial Chapel within St George's. Charles spoke movingly about his 'beloved mother' after her 70-year reign, within his first broadcast the day after her death.

Addressing the nation then, he said: "We owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother; for her love, affection, guidance, understanding and example.”

The King's first-ever Christmas message was recorded in the quire of the Chapel, where the royal family congregated during Queen Elizabeth II's committal service. During the broadcast, the St George's Chapel choir can also be heard performing the National Anthem, before singing a carol.

A large Christmas tree is spotted in the background, decorated with ornaments made from paper, glass and other sustainable and natural products, such as pine cones.

As the Prince of Wales, King Charles II was a regular advocate for the environment, and worked hand in hand with Governments and the nation to find solutions to treat the climate change crisis. The still image also shows foliage decorations which have been placed among the stalls in the quire - featuring holly, berried ivy, and red skimmia.

After the recording of the King's address, the Christmas tree was re-used in the Dean's Cloister of St George's for visitors to make the most of. The broadcast was conducted and produced by BBC Studios Events.

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

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