It’s about to get royally festive.
This December, Kate Middleton will return to Westminster Abbey for a special Christmas carol service supported by the Royal Foundation, Kensington Palace announced yesterday. The event, which will take place on December 15, is set to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died last September aged 96.
“The Christmas service will celebrate and show the joy that human connections can bring: forging friendships and strengthening communities, leaving behind humility and kindness while offering relief and comfort in times of difficulty or loss. The service will combine traditional and modern elements that reach people of all faiths and none,” reads the Kensington Palace press release.
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Spectators can expect to see the famous London church with various festive decorations. Standout talent includes carols sung by the Abbey’s world-renowned choir, as well as musical performances and readings provided by special guests from across the UK. The evening’s attendees will include members of the British Royal Family, charity workers, volunteers and members of the armed forces.
Like last year, this year’s service will be broadcast by ITV as part of a special in December.
This is the second time the princess has hosted a Christmas service. Last year’s programme, also held at Westminster Abbey, honored those individuals and organizations who have supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At that time, Kate also treated guests to a surprise piano performance at the abbey. The Princess publicly showcased her musical talent for the first time, accompanying Scottish singer Tom Walker on his song ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’.
The royal later shared a clip of their performance together on her and Prince William’s official Instagram account.
Chelsey Sanchez is Associate Editor at HarpersBAZAAR.comwhere she reports on pop culture, politics and social movements.