Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at carol concert
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The Duchess of Cambridge’s carol concert comes weeks before Christmas Day, which she and Prince William are expected to spend in Sandringham with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton were seen attending the festive event at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday evening.
The Duchess’s sister Pippa Matthews, her brother James Middleton and his wife Alizee Thevenet also made appearances.
It comes as the Cambridges are likely to spend Christmas Day at Sandringham with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
However, William, Kate and their three children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, will no doubt see the Middletons at some point over the festive period.
Carole looked festive in a long burgundy coat for the carol concert, while Michael was smart in a suit.
Pippa was also festive in a stunning dark green coat.
The Middletons, who are known to be a close-knit family, supported Kate as she hosted the Together at Christmas service.
Members of the Royal Family were also out in force for the festive event which will be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve.
Sophie Wessex, Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were all seen in a sweet show of support for Kate.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked typically elegant in red for the occasion.
William coordinated with his wife with a tie in the same shade as her outfit.
The concert reflects on the challenges of the Covid pandemic and pays tribute to the people and organisations who have supported communities throughout.
In a moving message for her service, Kate said the coronavirus crisis showed the “importance of simply being together”.
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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.”
Kate added: “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 brighter shared future.”
Singers Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis were among those performing at the festive gathering.
The guests included people in community networks, charitable organisations and the patronages of the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Cambridges.
Those who William and Kate met and spent time with during recent engagements also attended, as were armed forces personnel involved in Operation Pitting – the UK’s evacuation of civilians from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
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