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Everything we know about the King’s Christmas Day speech this year

It will be the first delivered by a male monarch in almost 70 years

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle

This year was a pretty monumental one in the UK. We saw the death of the late Queen in September, and a new King was crowned following her 70 years on the throne. Since then, we’ve got used to a new national anthem, and the first King Charles III coin was announced two weeks ago.

It will be the King’s coronation in March next year, but before we get to that, there’s another tradition to get ready for. King Charles III will make his first speech on Christmas Day this year, which will mark the second time Charles will address the country following the death of his mother. Here’s everything we know about the King’s 2022 Christmas speech.

When will King Charles III make his speech? 

The King will give his first speech as King at 3pm on Christmas Day. The speech itself was actually pre-recorded by His Majesty on December 13 at Sandringham, but will be shown on the telly on December 25.

Where can I watch it?

King Charles III’s speech will be shown at 3pm on BBC One, BBC Two, ITV One and Sky One. You can also catch up with it afterwards on BBC iPlayer and ITVX. 

How long is the speech?

Definitely set your alarms, because it’ll be over before you know it. The King’s speech lasts just ten minutes from start to finish. 

What will the King say in his speech?

We don’t know exactly what he’ll say, of course, but it’s likely he will speak about his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Last year, the Queen paid tribute to her late husband Prince Philip, who had died in October 2021. 

Historian Jeremy Archer recently told OK! magazine that the speech will be ‘solemn and reflective’. He said: ‘I’m quite sure he’ll spend as much time talking about his mother as he does about everything else.’

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