Kate Middleton to host Christmas concert ‘looking back on last 18 months’

The Duchess of Cambridge will host a special Christmas carol service next week.

A spokesman for Kate Middleton took to Twitter to announce that the festive concert will be held at Westminster Abbey to thank all those went "above and beyond” to help their communities over the last 18 months.

The statement read: “This Christmas we are celebrating the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who go above and beyond to support their communities.

“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.”

It will take place on Wednesday, December 8, supported by her husband Prince William and Kate's joint Royal Foundation.

It has also been confirmed that the show will be shown on ITV as part of a special programme next month.

The Twitter announcement was accompanied by an image of the invite, which will be going out – or probably has done already – to special invitees of the concert, accompanied by the Duchess' royal gold “C” monogram at the top.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “They will be joined by those working in some of the key areas that Her Royal Highness and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on, including promoting the importance of mental health, supporting families and driving awareness of and action on the extraordinary impact of the early years.

“Guests will range from those involved in grassroots community initiatives, charity workers and volunteers, to teachers, emergency responders and armed forces personnel."

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