The Princess of Wales is hosting a special Christmas Carole concert in honour of her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth. The special event will take place at Westminister Abbey on Thursday, December 15, and will be broadcasted on ITV on Christmas Eve.
Kate Middleton announced the event on Twitter by sharing a video clip of the artist Aurelie Baudry Palmer illustrating the festive invitation for the concert.
The invitation is a cartoon version of a snowy Westminister Abbey, with snowmen and Christmas trees in the cheery drawing.
However, the artist has revealed that Kate Middleton specifically requested corgis to be incorporated into the invite in honour of Queen Elizabeth.
Ms Palmer said: “It was such an honour to be approached by Kensington Palace to illustrate the announcement for the Princess of Wales’ carol service at Westminster Abbey. It was definitely a ‘pinch-me’ moment when they got in touch!
“This commission was a fairly quick turnaround, and I also wanted to leave plenty of time for feedback – like the addition of corgis!”
Ms Palmer has been overwhelmed by the positive response to her artwork and said: “I’m over the moon my work has been shared so widely, and also to play a small part in such a thoughtful community carol concert.
On working on the invite, she revealed: “I worked on the illustration over three days, filming as I drew and showing the progress to the Kensington Palace’s team as I went along to make sure I was on the right track.
“It certainly took a few hours… a little longer than the beautiful 22-second clip that was put together afterwards.”
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It will be the second year in a row Kate Middleton has held a special concert at Westminster Abbey, marking the beginning of a new royal tradition.
Last year, the concert was in recognition of the hard work of people during the pandemic, and this year the event will be dedicated to Queen Elizabeth.
It will celebrate the values she upheld throughout her life, and will recognise acts of selflessness among communities throughout Britain as well as the importance of supporting others during difficult times.
Buckingham Palace said: “These principles are shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the Abbey from across the U.K. in recognition of their tireless efforts to help and care for those around them.”
The event will be inclusive of people of all faiths in the UK, as well as those who do not practice a faith or religion.
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Katie Rawcliffe, the head of entertainment commissioning at ITV, said: “It is a real honour to be the broadcast partner for the Royal Carols again this year. Viewers are in for a very special festive treat.”
Last year, members of the Royal Family attended the concert, such as Prince William, Zara and Mike Tindall and Sophie Wessex.
Kate Middleton also delighted royal fans as she gave her first public performance on the piano and dueted with Scottish singer Tom Walker to the song “For Those Who Can’t Be Here”.
The singer described the concert as “a once-in-a-lifetime experience” and said the royal was a “lovely, kind and warm-hearted person”.
He said: “She took the time to thank everyone personally for the opportunity to play together.
“It was a crazy pinch-yourself kind of day for me, to be in such a beautiful venue playing alongside the Duchess with my band and a string quartet. I certainly won’t forget that in a hurry!”