Duchess Kate has revealed her excitement over hosting her Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey, a place she said is “really special to William and me,” in a new specially recorded message.
The Duchess of Cambridge has appeared in a new video promoting the Christmas carol concert, ToghetherAt Christmas, she hosted at Westminster Abbey, a place she said is “really special to William and me.”
The concert was attended by the unsung heroes of the pandemic in recognition of their inspirational efforts during the year, it was held earlier this month and is set to be aired on TV in the UK on Christmas Eve.
We’ve been through such a bleak time. We’ve seen so many challenges. We’ve lost our loved ones. We’ve seen our frontline workers under immense pressure. And also we’ve been more emotionally and socially distanced and isolated from each other. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/sQOsY2OVV6— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) December 23, 2021
“We wanted to say a huge thank you to all those amazing people out there who supported their communities,” said Kate. “We also wanted to recognize those whose struggles perhaps have been less visible too.”
The Duchess continued, “We’ve been through such a bleak time. We’ve seen so many challenges. We’ve lost our loved ones. We’ve seen our frontline workers under immense pressure. And also we’ve been more emotionally and socially distanced and isolated from each other.”
Kate then continued to speak on the silver linings, saying: “But I suppose through that separation, we’ve also realized how much we need each other and how acts of kindness and love can really bring us comfort and relief in times of distress. In the congregation, we’ve got many inspirational individuals.”
“We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for all they’ve done in bringing people together and supporting their communities.”
The video showing people entering Westminster Abbey on December 8, featured some stopping to greet a real reindeer. The video was accompanied by new photos being released of Kate, all in a festive cardigan, helping prepare Westminster Abbey for the event and decorating the tree, which was donated by Queen Elizabeth from Windsor Great Park and moving wreaths from the Royal Horticultural Society.
The event will feature performances by the world-famous Westminster Abbey choir and pop stars Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding and Tom Walker, who sings his touching holiday song “For Those Who Can’t Be Here.”
Also in the event were readings by Prince William, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell, actor Tom Felton and presenter Kate Garraway, whose husband is still battling the effects of the virus.
LemnSissay, a poet and writer who previously worked with Kate on a photographic project summing up life in the U.K. during the pandemic, also wrote and read a composition for the service called “To the Day.”