The Princess of Wales dedicated a Christmas carol service to the late Queen, paying tribute to her “incredible legacy” that has “deeply inspired many of us”. .
pre-recorded her introductory message earlier this month amid final preparations for a festive concert for more than 1,800 people at Westminster Abbey.
The service was filmed and will air on Christmas Eve on ITV, taking place on Thursday 15 December, hours after the finale of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial documentary was shown. on Netflix.
Kate was joined by many members of the extended royal family including the Prince of Wales and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and the King and Queen.
Introducing the programme, the princess, who leads the service with support from the Royal Foundation, said she was “delighted” to be back at the convent for her second year.
She said: “This Christmas will be our first without the late Queen Elizabeth.
“His Majesty takes Christmas very seriously, as a time to bring people together and remind us of the importance of faith, friendship and family, while showing empathy and compassion. hidden.
“This year, we invited hundreds of inspirational individuals to join the service.
“Those who embody the power of connection and community values, allow us to continue the Queen’s tradition of recognizing and thanking those who go above and beyond to support others.
“The Queen has left us with an incredible legacy and one that has deeply inspired many of us.”
Kate dedicates her service to the Queen and to “all those who are sadly no longer with us”.
She added: “So even though Christmas this year will be very different, we can still remember the memories and traditions we shared.
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“Take time to slow down and celebrate with family and friends all the wonderful things that make Christmas so special.”
The broadcast will also show Inna Hryhorovych, headteacher of St Mary’s Ukraine School in London, receiving a letter from Kate thanking her for the care she gives to families and children attending the school during the year. conflict at home.
In the November 18 letter, Kate praised the school as a “lifesaver for the whole community” and said she was impressed by their “courage and solidarity during such a challenging time.” ”, invited Miss Hryhorovych and the school choir to sing. a carol at the service.
Among the performers was the Westminster Abbey choir, singers Craig David and Alfie Boe and Melanie C duet, while William and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas delivered speeches.
A Christmas tree in the convent is decorated with small Paddington Bear decorations, like the famous sketch of the late Queen, while guests are greeted with snowflakes in the air from the machine. make snow when they reach the entrance.
Voiced by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Royal Carols: Together At Christmas will air at 7pm on Christmas Eve on ITV1.
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