Kate Middleton delivers hopeful Christmas message as she hosts carol service with William

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Westminster Abbey to attend the Together at Christmas carol service, which will be broadcast on Christmas Eve

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the “Together at Christmas” community carol service

Kate Middleton has described how the pandemic showed the “importance of simply being together” in the programme for a Christmas carol concert she is hosting.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen beaming at each other as they arrived at Westminster Abbey this evening to attend the Together at Christmas carol service.

Kate wore a red Catherine Walker coat dress with a large red bow on the front and matching heels, while William wore a suit with a red tie.

The Together at Christmas service was spearheaded by the Duchess and features performances from Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding as well as a performance of To The Day – a composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay.

The Duchess 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.

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“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.”

The Duchess’s Together at Christmas service is being broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve, having been switched from the BBC in the fallout over a BBC Two documentary about princes William and Harry.

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The Together at Christmas service was spearheaded by the Duchess
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Kate also wrote: “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 Duchess also wore the Queen Mother’s sapphire fringe earrings loaned to her by the Queen this evening.

She and William were greeted by carol-singing schoolchildren and reindeer outside the Abbey.

The concert reflects on the challenges of the pandemic and pays tribute to the people and organisations who have supported communities throughout.

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The Duchess said she and William were fortunate to meet and spend time with “phenomenal people” across the country who support individuals and families.

She said: “And over the past two years, we have been truly inspired by countless people who have brought their communities together through simple acts of love and kindness.

“This carol service is our small way of recognising the inspiring contribution so many of you have made.”

Among the guests are people in community networks, charitable organisations and the patronages of the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Cambridges.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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