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Kate Middleton is joined by mother Carol and sister Pippa at charity carol concert

The Middleton family showed their support for the Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon as they arrived to watch her host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey. 

Kate, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers. 

The royal was joined by her parents Carole and Michael, her brother James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet and her sister Pippa who proudly watched Kate host the event. 

It was a family affair, with the Countess of Wessex, 55, Princess Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, 31, and Zara and Mike Tindall all in attendance at the service. 

The service, which will include musical performances from stars including Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, has been developed with BBC Studios Events Productions but will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special programme called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas.

Prince William and Kate reportedly dropped the BBC as the broadcaster for their Christmas special in the wake of the two-part series The Princes and the Press, which was criticised by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ about the Royal Family.   

The Middleton family showed their support for the Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon as they arrived to watch her host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey

The royal was joined James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet and her sister Pippa who proudly watched Kate host the event which will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special programme called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas

The royal was joined James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet and her sister Pippa who proudly watched Kate host the event which will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special programme called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Kate's family for the carol service today, including Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her sister Pippa Matthews, brother James and his wife Alizee

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Kate’s family for the carol service today, including Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her sister Pippa Matthews, brother James and his wife Alizee

The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories

The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories

The rare joint outing comes just weeks after the family got together to watch the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall. 

This is the Middleton family’s second public appearance since James and Alizée married in the French Riveria earlier this summer. 

Newlywed Alizée was typically fashionable in a red and white houndstooth, double breasted £155 blazer and matching trousers from Sézane paired with a stylish white ruffled collar blouse. 

She paired the look with a casual pair of brown Chelsea boots and kept the look simple by going make-up free and wearing her long blonde tresses loose around her shoulders.  

Newlywed Alizée was typically fashionable in a red and white houndstooth, double breasted blazer and matching trousers paired with a stylish white ruffled collar blouse

Newlywed Alizée was typically fashionable in a red and white houndstooth, double breasted blazer and matching trousers paired with a stylish white ruffled collar blouse 

Kate's sister Pippa, 38, looked polished in an emerald green coat dress which she paired with thick black tights and matching black clutch bag while wearing her brown hair in a chic half-up do

Kate’s sister Pippa, 38, looked polished in an emerald green coat dress which she paired with thick black tights and matching black clutch bag while wearing her brown hair in a chic half-up do

Carole, 66, opted for a sophisticated dark purple coat paired with black boots, thick tights and a pair of dainty teardrop earrings

Carole, 66, opted for a sophisticated dark purple coat paired with black boots, thick tights and a pair of dainty teardrop earrings

Princess Eugenie cut a chic figure in a smart emerald green cape coat, which she paired with a black ensemble and knee-high black leather boots 

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) and Zara and Mike Tindall (left) were also in attendance at the event this evening in London

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were also in attendance at the event this evening in London

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) and Zara and Mike Tindall (left) were also in attendance at the event this evening in London 

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, who opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, who opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket

Kate’s sister Pippa, 38, looked polished in a £645 emerald green Finchley wool coat which she paired with thick black tights and matching black clutch bag while wearing her brown hair in a chic half-up do. 

Carole, 66, opted for a sophisticated dark purple coat paired with black boots, thick tights and a pair of dainty teardrop earrings. 

Michael, 72, and son James, 34, looked typically dapper for the occasion, both wearing matching black tuxedos with bow ties. 

Princess Eugenie cut a chic figure in a £1335 emerald green cape coat by Chloe, which she paired with a black ensemble and knee-high black leather boots. 

Meanwhile Beatrice stepped out in the same £655 Finchley wool coat as Pippa however chose the garment in a chic camel shade. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon

The look of love! The Duke could be seen offering his wife a beaming smile as they arrived at the service this afternoon (pictured)

The look of love! The Duke could be seen offering his wife a beaming smile as they arrived at the service this afternoon (pictured) 

The ultimate festive glamour! The mother-of-three opted for a subtle smokey eye for the carol service this afternoon, paired with a glossy lip

The ultimate festive glamour! The mother-of-three opted for a subtle smokey eye for the carol service this afternoon, paired with a glossy lip 

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down and finished the look with delicate gold necklaces and earrings

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders (pictured)

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders (pictured) 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother's sapphire and diamond fringe earrings for the outing (pictured)

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings for the outing (pictured) 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black face covering as she chatted with participants of the community carol service this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black face covering as she chatted with participants of the community carol service this afternoon

Kate and William chatted with seven-year-old Tony Hudgell at the community carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon

Kate and William chatted with seven-year-old Tony Hudgell at the community carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon 

Seven-year-old Tony, who had both legs amputated as a result of neglect by his birth parents, received a personal invitation to Westminster Abbey from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Seven-year-old Tony, who had both legs amputated as a result of neglect by his birth parents, received a personal invitation to Westminster Abbey from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen chatting with a participant of the community carol service ahead of the Together At Christmas celebration this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen chatting with a participant of the community carol service ahead of the Together At Christmas celebration this afternoon 

Sophie opted for a £561 Victoria Beckham coat and could be seen beaming as she arrived at the event this afternoon, clutching a smart purple bag as she strode into Westminster Abbey. 

The Countess of Wessex swept her blonde hair into a neat updo, opting for a hint of blush across her cheeks and a sweep of black eyeliner. 

Mother-of-three Kate debuted a new red coat dress for the outing, which featured a large bow detailing across the bodice, as she stepped out with Prince William , 39. 

The coat dress, thought to be worth around £3,000, is a new ensemble for the Duchess, who previously wore a black version of the coat to attend Prince Philip ‘s funeral in April. 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings, and recycled her £640 red suede bag by Miu Miu for the occasion, first worn in September 2016. 

Looking radiant in red! The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories

Looking radiant in red! The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories

Looking radiant in red! The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories 

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the 'Together at Christmas' community carol service

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the ‘Together at Christmas’ community carol service

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design (pictured left and right) 

While members of the royal family were out in force for the event this afternoon, the Queen, who earlier today presented Thomas Trotter with the Queen's Medal for Music at an audience at Windsor Castle, was not in attendance

While members of the royal family were out in force for the event this afternoon, the Queen, who earlier today presented Thomas Trotter with the Queen’s Medal for Music at an audience at Windsor Castle, was not in attendance 

Once inside, the Duke and Duchess could be seen wearing black face coverings, in accordance with guidance from the abbey. The website details how attendees are ‘encouraged when inside the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church’ to wear masks while social distancing is ‘encouraged in areas which are small and confined.’ 

Hosted and spearheaded by The Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the event will pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Filmed for broadcast, the service will provide a moment for the nation to come together and reflect, to think not only of the extraordinary challenges that we have faced, but also to celebrate the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across our nation, the communities pulling together to protect and care for those in need, and those who have stepped up to help others. 

The Duchess carefully removed her brunette locks from her earrings as she arrived at the event earlier this evening in London

The Duchess carefully removed her brunette locks from her earrings as she arrived at the event earlier this evening in London 

Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her hair out from her coat as she arrived at the event today

Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her hair out from her coat as she arrived at the event today

Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her brunette locks out from her coat as she arrived at the event today 

The couple appeared in high spirits as they arrived for the event in London this afternoon alongside the Duchess' family (pictured)

The couple appeared in high spirits as they arrived for the event in London this afternoon alongside the Duchess’ family (pictured) 

The mother-of-three was in high spirits at the event earlier this afternoon, beaming as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the service

The mother-of-three was in high spirits at the event earlier this afternoon, beaming as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the service

The mother-of-three was in high spirits at the event earlier this afternoon, beaming as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the service 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with a pair of glittering earrings from the Queen Mother's jewellery box (pictured)

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with a pair of glittering earrings from the Queen Mother’s jewellery box (pictured) 

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the 'incredible work' of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the 'incredible work' of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

It is set to combine traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to encompass people of all faiths and none, the service will feature carols sung by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir alongside musical performances by Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding. 

It will also incorporate a performance of To The Day, a poignant composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay, and readings delivered by speakers including The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and Kate Garraway. 

Kate’s touching nod to the Queen Mother  

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design.

The pair are a touching nod to The Queen Mother, who started wearing the jewels in the 1960s.

The Queen inherited the earrings upon her mother’s death, however the Duchess of Cambridge has since sported them on a number  of occasions.

She first wore them at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015, and then again to the American State Banquet.

The Christmas Eve broadcast will feature additional content including an introduction from The Duchess of Cambridge, videos highlighting the efforts of inspirational organisations, and a special performance by Tom Walker of his new Christmas single For Those Who Can’t Be Here.

Unsung heroes from across the length and breadth of the nation have been invited to attend the service in recognition of their tireless efforts and selfless acts of kindness despite incredibly difficult circumstances.

 Nominations have been drawn from Lieutenancies across the UK, alongside community networks, charitable organisations and patronages of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Individuals who The Duke and Duchess have met and spent time with during their recent engagements and project work will also be present, alongside those working in some of the key areas that Their Royal Highnesses and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on. 

The congregation will also include armed forces personnel who were involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders, and guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated within our society. 

Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a snap from inside the abbey as rehearsals got underway.

She posted: ‘Rehearsals ahead of tonight’s #TogetherAtChristmas carol service. 

‘We will be reflecting on the extraordinary challenges we have faced in recent times and celebrating the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across the nation as communities pulled together to help each other.’ 

The Christmas special marks a massive coup for ITV, which usually loses out on royal content to the BBC. 

An industry insider said earlier this month: ‘It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched in the last few days because of the terrible row over the documentary. 

The Duke of York's youngest daughter attended the event solo, and could be seen clutching her bag black as she entered the abbey

The Duke of York’s youngest daughter attended the event solo, and could be seen clutching her bag black as she entered the abbey 

Princess Eugenie, whose father-in-law George Brooksbank passed away earlier this month, attended the event without her husband Jack

Princess Eugenie, whose father-in-law George Brooksbank passed away earlier this month, attended the event without her husband Jack

Princess Eugenie, whose father-in-law George Brooksbank passed away earlier this month, attended the event without her husband Jack 

Mother-of-one Beatrice, who welcomed her first baby earlier this year, beamed as she arrived hand-in-hand with her husband Edo

Mother-of-one Beatrice, who welcomed her first baby earlier this year, beamed as she arrived hand-in-hand with her husband Edo 

Beatrice wore her auburn locks in a bouncy blow dry style, similar to that often worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

Beatrice wore her auburn locks in a bouncy blow dry style, similar to that often worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

Mother-of-two Sophie Wessex beamed as she arrived at the carol service in London this afternoon, sweeping her blonde locks into an updo for the occasion

Mother-of-two Sophie Wessex beamed as she arrived at the carol service in London this afternoon, sweeping her blonde locks into an updo for the occasion

Mother-of-two Sophie Wessex beamed as she arrived at the carol service in London this afternoon, sweeping her blonde locks into an updo for the occasion 

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, who opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, who opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket

Meanwhile Princess Anne's daughter Zara and her husband Mike Tindall opted for matching black and navy ensembles for the outing in London

Meanwhile Princess Anne’s daughter Zara and her husband Mike Tindall opted for matching black and navy ensembles for the outing in London 

The royal couple could be seen holding hands as they arrived for the carol service this evening at Westminster Abbey

The royal couple could be seen holding hands as they arrived for the carol service this evening at Westminster Abbey

‘And things are likely to get a lot worse between the Royal Family and the BBC before they get better as the second part of the documentary threatens to go further.’ 

The second part of the documentary, which aired last week, saw Meghan Markle’s lawyer issue a technical and bizarre denial the Duchess had ever bullied staff – before insisting ‘but she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.’ 

The programme also said people connected to both the Cambridges and Sussexes briefed about the other.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.  

Kate will no doubt be hoping to brush aside any rumblings over the documentary ahead of the carol service. 

Posting about the carol service on Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: ‘This Christmas we are celebrating the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who go above and beyond to support their communities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in high spirits as they arrived for the service at Westminster Abbey

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in high spirits as they arrived for the service at Westminster Abbey

‘Next week, The Duchess will host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey, supported by The Royal Foundation, bringing many of those inspirational people together.

‘The service, which will be broadcast in December, will look back on the last eighteen months, to think not only of the unprecedented challenges that we have all faced as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to remember the positives: people and organisations pulling together in their communities, the small acts of kindness across different demographics and generations, and the unsung heroes who stepped up to help others.’ 

Speaking about the decision to drop the BBC for the Christmas concert, a TV industry source told the Sun: ‘It is a brand new format — the royals have never hosted a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal.

‘Naturally most royal programming goes automatically to the BBC as the national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will work more with ITV in the future.’

The source said ITV was ‘surprised but delighted’ by the sudden change of plan, adding, ‘it will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.’

 


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