Like so many this month, the royal family is gearing up for Christmas. And today Prince William and Kate are spreading some festive cheer at a carol service with several members of their family. The royal couple arrived at Westminster Abbey at 4:15 p.m. for the Together at Christmas community service. They are expected to be joined for the event by cousins Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie as well as William’s aunt Sophie Wessex and Kate’s family, the Middletons. The Duchess of Cambridge was dressed for the occasion in a bright red Catherine Walker outfit and a pair of glittering earrings which were borrowed from the Queen.
The Together At Christmas community carol service is being recorded and will be broadcast by ITV at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It was spearheaded by Kate as a way of saying thank you people across the UK who supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Those invited include people from organizations who have a royal patron, individuals William and Kate have met during recent engagements, and those who work in areas that The Royal Foundation focuses on. Also present are armed forces personnel involved in the evacuation from Afghanistan, young carers, and faith leaders.
“The service will provide a moment for the nation to come together and reflect, to think not only of the extraordinary challenges that we have faced, but also to celebrate the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across our nation, the communities pulling together to protect and care for those in need, and those who have stepped up to help others,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The service has been designed to encompass people of all faiths and none, and will feature carols sung by the Westminster Abbey choir. There will also be performances by pop singers Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding as well as a performance of the piece To The Day, created specially for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay. Prince William will give a reading as will British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and UK TV presenter Kate Garraway.
When the events is televised, it will feature an introduction from The Duchess of Cambridge and videos highlighting the efforts of organizations during the pandemic.
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