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King Charles puts a green spin on his Christmas message

King Charles' first Christmas stuck to the traditional formula. This one will be rather different.

King Charles' first Christmas stuck to the traditional formula. This one will be rather different. Photo: AAP

King Charles will deliver his second Christmas message from a Buckingham Palace room featuring a living Christmas tree decorated with symbols stressing the monarch’s passion for environmental causes.

From its branches hang natural and sustainable decorations including hand-turned wood, dried oranges, glass baubles, pine cones and paper.

It is the first time a living tree has been used as part of the backdrop for Charles’ annual festive address to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

Charles, like Queen Elizabeth, writes his Christmas broadcasts and last year he followed his mother’s well-established template, a personal reflection on the year, touching on current issues and with a Christian framework.

The King is a long-term environmental campaigner who delivered a speech at the recent Cop28 United Nations Climate Change summit, and the tree will be replanted after the broadcast.

Post-pudding timing

Charles’ Christmas message, due to be broadcast in the UK at 3pm on Christmas Day, is again delivered standing up and this year’s location is the Buckingham Palace room that leads to the royal residence’s iconic balcony.

Members of the Royal Family have gathered in the Centre Room ahead of historic balcony appearances such as after Charles’ coronation or Trooping the Colour celebrations.

In the background can be seen the Queen Victoria Memorial which was planned by King Edward VII as a tribute to his mother and her reign but, after he died in 1910, was opened a year later by his son King George V.

Resting on a table to the King’s right is a potpourri bowl with a gilt metal cover believed to have been acquired by George IV.

The circular tazza-shaped bowl of Japanese lacquered wood with gilt bronze mounts is held by the Royal Collection Trust.

-with AAP

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