The Duchess of Cambridge hosted the festive event, which was attended by a number of members of the Royal Family, at Westminster Abbey in London on Wednesday. The carol concert is set to be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm.
Kate wore a festive red dress and heels for the carol service, while William was smart in a suit and tie matching his wife.
In a touching nod to Her Majesty, the Duchess wore a pair of earrings owned by the Queen.
Kate styled her glossy brunette hair in curls which she wore loose around her shoulders.
In a moving message for the Together at Christmas service, the Duchess said the coronavirus pandemic showed the “importance of simply being together” .
The Duchess of Cambridge is hosting the festive event at Westminster Abbey
She said: “We have lost loved ones, seen our frontline workers placed under immeasurable pressure, and we have experienced heart-wrenching isolation from those we hold most dear.
“Alongside this, we have seen how communities have come together to support those most in need.
“And through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all.
“Just how much we need one another. And how loving and feeling a sense of belonging to one another can provide comfort in tough times. The importance of simply being together.”
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The Cambridges pictured at the event
Kate added: “Christmas is a time when we can reflect on the past, listen to one another, focus on the relationships that nurture us and build our resilience, so we can look forward to a brighter shared future.”
The royals were out in force with Sophie Wessex, Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie joining the Cambridges.
Carole and Michael Middleton, Pippa Matthews, James Middleton and his wife Alizee Thevenet were also seen arriving at the event.
The concert reflects on the challenges of the Covid pandemic and pays tribute to the people and organisations who have supported communities throughout.
Kate styled her glossy brunette hair in curls which she wore loose around her shoulders
Kate wore a festive red dress and heels for the carol service
Carols were sung by the Westminster Abbey choir as part of the festive event.
Singers Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis were among those performing at the festive gathering.
The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell, and presenter Kate Garraway, whose husband Derek Draper spent a year in hospital after contracting coronavirus, all gave readings.
And there was a performance of To The Day, a composition created for the occasion by poet and writer Lemn Sissay.
Among the guests were people in community networks, charitable organisations and the patronages of the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Cambridges.
Those who William and Kate met and spent time with during recent engagements also attended, as well as armed forces personnel involved in Operation Pitting – the UK’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
The carol concert is set to be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm
The concert is being aired on ITV after a last-minute switch from the BBC following a row over a documentary last month.
BBC Two’s The Princes and the Press, presented by self-avowed republican Amol Rajan, looked at the relationship between William, Prince Harry and the media.
In a rare joint statement, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace hit out at the two-part documentary.
The three royal households criticised the programme for giving credibility to “overblown and unfounded claims”.
The controversial documentary prompted the royals to snub the BBC and move the broadcast of the carol service to ITV.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK