Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at carol concert
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for a Christmas carol concert hosted by Kate last Wednesday. But the couple did not bring Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, or three-year-old Prince Louis to the festive event at Westminster Abbey in London, which will be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe says William and Kate have a rule that they do not usually take their children on royal engagements.
Mr Larcombe also pointed out it was a school night and the Cambridges are “pretty strict”.
The royal author told OK! Magazine: “The reality is that William and Kate have a rule that they do not take the children on any official engagements.
“We only really see them on the balcony waving at set piece royal events, but there are exceptions to that rule like when George was at Wembley for the Euros final.
“It was on a school night and they are pretty strict.
“The children are in a rather strict regime so that might have been the reason, but the fact it was a televised official engagement it’s interesting because I think it shows that William and Kate are still reluctant to focus too greatly officially on their family and their children.”
The royals were out in force for Kate’s Together at Christmas service.
Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and the Countess of Wessex attended the carol concert.
Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, sister Pippa Matthews, brother James Middleton and his wife Alizee also made an appearance.
The Duchess staged the concert to reflect on the challenges of the pandemic and pay tribute to those who supported communities throughout.
The congregation was filled with 1,200 Covid heroes.
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Kate looked festive in a smart red coat teamed with heels in the same shade for the occasion.
In a moving message, she said: “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.
“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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