King Charles pays tribute to the late Queen and 'selfless dedication' of military in first Christmas speech
King Charles paid tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in his first Christmas speech as monarch.
In the TV message, broadcast from the Chapel of St George at Windsor Castle, His Majesty talked of his mother's "faith in people", adding "it is one which I share with my whole heart".
"This is the essence of our community and the very foundation of our society," he said.
"We see it in the selfless dedication of our Armed Forces and emergency services who work tirelessly to keep us all safe, and who performed so magnificently as we mourned the passing of our late Queen.
"We see it in our health and social care professionals, our teachers and, indeed, all those working in public service, whose skill and commitment are at the heart of our communities.
"And at this time of great anxiety and hardship – be it for those around the world facing conflict, famine or natural disaster, or for those at home finding ways to pay their bills and keep their families fed and warm.
"We see it in the humanity of people throughout our nations and the Commonwealth who so readily respond to the plight of others.
"I particularly want to pay tribute to all those wonderfully kind people who so generously give food or donations, or that most precious commodity of all – their time – to support those around them in greatest need, together with the many charitable organisations which do such extraordinary work in the most difficult circumstances.
"Our churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and gurdwaras, have once again united in feeding the hungry, providing love and support throughout the year.
"Such heartfelt solidarity is the most inspiring expression of loving our neighbour as ourself."
King Charles also said "while Christmas is, of course, a Christian celebration, the power of light overcoming darkness is celebrated across the boundaries of faith and belief".
"So, whatever faith you have, or whether you have none, it is in this life-giving light, and with the true humility that lies in our service to others, that I believe we can find hope for the future," he said.
"Let us, therefore, celebrate it together, and cherish it always.
"With all my heart, I wish each of you a Christmas of peace, happiness and everlasting light."