Kate Middleton’s family join her in rare sighting for Christmas Carol concert

Kate Middleton joined in with the Christmas spirit last night in a gorgeous festive red dress for a special carol concert alongside Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, gathered 1,2000 unsung heroes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to record a festive special at Westminster Abbey.

Other royals joined the special night for Together At Christmas, which will air Christmas Eve on ITV in December.

Kate wore a Catherine Walker coat, thought to be worth around £3,000, and sapphire diamond fringed earrings on loan from the Queen for the special night.

But she was joined in a rare appearance of her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings James and Pippa.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Sophie Wessex, 55, and Princess Beatrice, 33 with hubby Edo Mapelli Mozzi, as well as 31-year-old Princess Eugenie, were also spotted in the front row.

However, the Queen, 95, was not in attendance, but the monarch had made her first face-to-face appearance to present Thomas Trotter with the Queen's Medal for Music at Windsor Castle.

The duchess wrote a foreword in the Abbey's order of service.

“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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“In our roles, William and I are so fortunate to meet and spend time with phenomenal people across the country who day-in day-out support individuals and families. And over the past two years, we have been truly inspired by countless people who have brought their communities together through simple acts of long and kindness.

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

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"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 shared brighter future.

"My hope is that this service creates a moment for us to do this together.

"Over the next hour we will celebrate the power of this time of year. And I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.”

Celebrities such as Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding, as well as comedian Jason Manford, joined in the celebration and sprinkled festive stardust.

She said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us all with countless and previously unimaginable challenges. 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.

Heroes were chosen by the Duke, 39, and Duchess and nominated from across Britain, as well as from patronages and charities of The Queen and Prince Wales.

Representatives from 32 charities close to the royal couple's hearts were included, like Barnado's, Centrepoint, and NHS Charities together.

The show, to be broadcast on ITV on December 24, was filmed by BBC Studios but is said the royals were embroiled in a row with the broadcaster following last month's documentary on William and Harry last month.

Last night's 'Together at Christmas' concert was held in aid of charity and supported by the couple's Royal Foundation.

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.

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