Kate and Prince William have taken to social media to announce a special Christmas carol service the Princess of Wales is hosting at Westminster Abbey next month. But the post on their Twitter account revealing the festive event on December 15 sparked confusion among some royal fans.
The Prince and Princess of Wales shared a video showing a pair of hands painting Westminster Abbey in a festive scene complete with Christmas trees, lights and snowmen outside.
The clip prompted some royal fans on Twitter to ask if the pair of hands were Kate’s.
One with the handle @Canellelabelle said: “Not the Princess of Wales drawing this??!! I am in love. I cannot wait!”
Another, @Roxy_Wales, asked: “Is that Catherine?”
A third, @trena_nauta, said: “I wonder if Princess Catherine drew this.”
Another with the handle @Brels32368 pointed out that the person doing the drawing was wearing red nail varnish, saying: “I don’t think she did as royals are only allowed to wear nude or very pale nail polish at all times. Just a bit of info. I’m really looking forward to it.”
A fifth, @fireflysonata, commented: “Is this the Princess of Wales doing some watercolour art?”
Another user, @Vegan75213435, said: “Is this Catherine’s artwork? She paints beautifully, maybe she can auction her artwork for charity! I remember her drawing of St Andrews University.”
One more, @alisoneight, added: “Who’s drawing is this? It is beautiful.”
The stunning painting was in fact the work of artist Aurelie Baudry Palmer.
Sharing a snap on Instagram, she said: “I’ve just had the immense honour and privilege to illustrate the invitation to Westminster Abbey’s Christmas carol service on behalf of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
“It’s such an incredible honour to be part of this event in such a way and am deeply grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”
It is the second year running that Kate has hosted a Christmas carol service at the church in London.
This year’s event will pay tribute to the late Queen, who died peacefully aged 96 at Balmoral in September.
The carol service will be supported by the Waleses’ Royal Foundation and broadcast on ITV.
The broadcaster said it will honour the values Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated throughout her life, “including empathy, compassion and support for others”.
Inspirational guests from across the UK who share and personify those principles have been invited to attend the service in recognition of their tireless efforts to help and care for those around them.
ITV said the carol service will recognise and celebrate “the selfless efforts” of those across Britain and highlight “the remarkable impact that coming together to support others can have for us all”.
The broadcaster added it will “celebrate and showcase the joy that human connection can bring, forging friendships and strengthening communities, creating legacies of humility and kindness, whilst also providing relief and comfort in times of difficulty or loss”.
Members of the Royal family will be among those attending, alongside guests ranging from those involved in grassroots community projects, charity workers and volunteers, to emergency responders and armed forces personnel.
The audience will also feature those who have worked in key areas of Kate’s work through The Royal Foundation, including those in roles relating to mental health, families and early development.
The service will combine both traditional and modern elements, “reaching people of all faiths and none”, ITV said.
The celebratory event has been developed in partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions and will air as part of a special ITV programme on Christmas Eve.