The Duchess of Cambridge welcomes 1,200 Covid heroes to Westminster Abbey for a carol concert featuring singing superstars Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis and TV host Kate Garraway
The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed how she listened to music to get her through a “bleak time” during the pandemic.
In a newly released introduction for her Westminster Abbey carol concert, Kate also said she had been buoyed by the “acts of kindness” shown by people all over the country during the crisis.
The future queen said she believed it proved “love can really bring us comfort and relief in times of distress”.
“Music was so important to me during the pandemic as I think it was to so many people too,” said The Duchess.
“But above all it’s about celebrating the goodwill, the acts of kindness, love, empathy, and compassion to help people come through these difficult times.”
A huge fan of singing superstars Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, Kate asked them to perform at the concert on ITV on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm, with TV host Kate Garraway also doing a reading.
Alongside new footage of the Duchess, 39, decorating Christmas trees at Westminster Abbey before welcoming 1,200 covid heroes to the festive event, she added: “We’ve been through such a bleak time. We’ve seen so many challenges. We’ve lost our loved ones.
“We’ve seen frontline workers under immense pressure. And also we’ve been more isolated from each other. But I suppose through that separation, we’ve also realised how much we need each other and how love can really bring us comfort and relief in times of distress.”
The Cambridges are known to love listening to music when together at home. Prince William recently revealed he loves rocking out to the son Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
In the Time To Walk series on Apple Fitness, released earlier this month, William also revealed his three children love to dance to Columbian pop sensation Shakira.
He said: “There’s nothing better than, on a Monday morning, when you’re a bit bleary-eyed after the weekend, listening to AC/DC, Thunderstruck. I have to say the first time I put it on, I was kind of like, ‘Well, this is heavy for a Monday morning’, but now, when I listen to it, it’s the best tonic.
“It wakes you up, puts your week in the best mood possible, and you feel like you can take on anything.
“One of the songs that the children are loving at the moment is Shakira, ‘Waka Waka’.There’s a lot of hip movements going along.
“Charlotte, particularly, is running around the kitchen in her ballet stuff, with Louis following her around trying to do the same thing.
“It’s a really happy moment where the children just enjoy dancing and singing.”
- Royal Carols: Together At Christmas, , will air on Christmas Eve, 7.30pm, ITV.
A royal thank you
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have thanked “awe-inspiring” NHS staff for putting themselves at risk to work throughout the pandemic.
In a Christmas message to health service staff across the UK, William and Kate, praised their “unending compassion”.
In an open letter, the joint patrons of NHS Charities Together said: “From frontline nurses, doctors, and porters to those behind the scenes; you have carried on despite the hardship, exhaustion, long hours and emotional toll that this pandemic has exacted.”
Their letter adds: “You have cared for incredibly sick patients and their families, in circumstances made all the more challenging by this virus and your unending compassion has meant so much in the darkest moments. And you have done it all by putting yourselves at risk and sacrificing time with your own friends and loved ones.
“And now, as we approach Christmas, you are stepping up once more with the vaccine booster campaign. We know we speak for the entire nation when we say thank you.”
NHS Charities Together is a network of more than 230 health charities and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became its joint patrons a year ago.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.