Together At Christmas Carol Service at Westminster Abbey

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (wearing the Queen Mother’s Sapphire Fringe Earrings) presided over the Together At Christmas Community Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on December 8th. Hosted and spearheaded by the Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the event paid tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. The service provided 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.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by extended members of the Royal Family, including the the Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and Count Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Mike and Zara Tindall as well as Michael and Carole Middleton, James and Alizee Middleton and Pippa and James Mathews.

Combining traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to encompass people of all faiths and none, the service featured carols sung by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir alongside musical performances by Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding. It also incorporated a performance of To The Day, a poignant composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay, and readings delivered by speakers including The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and Kate Garraway. The event will be broadcast as part of Royal Carols: Together At Christmas, a special programme which will be aired by ITV at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve. The broadcast will feature additional content including an introduction from The Duchess of Cambridge, videos highlighting the efforts of inspirational organisations, and a special performance by Tom Walker of his new Christmas single For Those Who Can’t Be Here.

Unsung heroes from across the length and breadth of the nation were invited to attend the service in recognition of their tireless efforts and selfless acts of kindness despite incredibly difficult circumstances, Nominations have been drawn from Lieutenancies across the UK, alongside community networks, charitable organisations and patronages of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Individuals who the Duke and Duchess have met and spent time with during their recent engagements and project work were also present, alongside those working in some of the key areas that they and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on. The congregation also included armed forces personnel who were involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders, and guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated within our society.

UPDATE: The Together At Christmas is now available to watch online, please view it before the video is inevitably removed.



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  1. It was so nice to see both sides of the Dukes of Cambridge come out in force and support them on this very significant occasion! The people they were honoring with this event deserved to have such a great turnout. I can’t wait for the program to be aired to watch it!

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