Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey for carol service

Red-dy for Christmas! Kate Middleton stuns in scarlet version of £3,000 Catherine Walker coat she wore to Prince Philip’s funeral and the Queen Mother’s earrings as she joins Prince William for charity carol concert

  • Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out at Westminster Abbey for a carol service today
  • Duchess of Cambridge opted for a festive ensemble, donning a scarlet £3,000 Catherine Walker coat
  • Meanwhile she also donned the Queen Mother’s earrings for the outing and recycled her £640 Miu Miu bag 
  • The royal was in high spirits at event, which celebrates pandemic heroes who supported their communities
  • It will be filmed for a special programme that will air on ITV next month on Christmas Eve 

The Duchess of Cambridge was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon. 

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers.

The mother-of-three debuted a new red coat dress for the outing, which featured a large bow detailing across the bodice, as she stepped out with Prince William, 39. 

The coat dress, thought to be worth around £3,000, is a new ensemble for the Duchess, who previously wore a black version of the coat to attend Prince Philip’s funeral in April. 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings, and recycled her £640 red suede bag by Miu Miu for the occasion, first worn in September 2016.

The service, which will include musical performances from stars including Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, has been developed with BBC Studios Events Productions but will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special programme called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas.

Prince William and Kate reportedly dropped the BBC as the broadcaster for their Christmas special in the wake of the two-part series The Princes and the Press, which was criticised by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ about the Royal Family. 

The Duchess of Cambridge was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon

The look of love! The Duke could be seen offering his wife a beaming smile as they arrived at the service this afternoon (pictured) 

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down and finished the look with delicate gold necklaces and earrings.  

Hosted and spearheaded by The Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the event will pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Filmed for broadcast, the service will provide a moment for the nation to come together and reflect, to think not only of the extraordinary challenges that we have faced, but also to celebrate the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across our nation, the communities pulling together to protect and care for those in need, and those who have stepped up to help others. 

It is set to combine traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to encompass people of all faiths and none, the service will feature carols sung by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir alongside musical performances by Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding. 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings for the outing (pictured) 


Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her brunette locks out from her coat as she arrived at the event today 

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down and finished the look with delicate gold necklaces and earrings 


Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with a pair of glittering earrings from the Queen Mother’s jewellery box (pictured) 


The Duchess opted for a tonal scarlet outfit the occasion, matching her red coat dress with complementing shoes with a matching bag 

The mother-of-three was in high spirits at the event earlier this afternoon, beaming as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the service 

Kate’s touching nod to the Queen Mother  

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design.

The pair are a touching nod to The Queen Mother, who started wearing the jewels in the 1960s.

The Queen inherited the earrings upon her mother’s death, however the Duchess of Cambridge has since sported them on a number  of occasions.

She first wore them at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015, and then again to the American State Banquet.

It will also incorporate a performance of To The Day, a poignant composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay, and readings delivered by speakers including The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and Kate Garraway. 

 The Christmas Eve broadcast will feature additional content including an introduction from The Duchess of Cambridge, videos highlighting the efforts of inspirational organisations, and a special performance by Tom Walker of his new Christmas single For Those Who Can’t Be Here.

Unsung heroes from across the length and breadth of the nation have been invited to attend the service in recognition of their tireless efforts and selfless acts of kindness despite incredibly difficult circumstances.

 Nominations have been drawn from Lieutenancies across the UK, alongside community networks, charitable organisations and patronages of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Individuals who The Duke and Duchess have met and spent time with during their recent engagements and project work will also be present, alongside those working in some of the key areas that Their Royal Highnesses and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on. 

The congregation will also include armed forces personnel who were involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders, and guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated within our society. 

Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a snap from inside the abbey as rehearsals got underway.

She posted: ‘Rehearsals ahead of tonight’s #TogetherAtChristmas carol service. 

‘We will be reflecting on the extraordinary challenges we have faced in recent times and celebrating the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across the nation as communities pulled together to help each other.’ 

The Christmas special marks a massive coup for ITV, which usually loses out on royal content to the BBC. 

An industry insider said earlier this month: ‘It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched in the last few days because of the terrible row over the documentary. 

Hosted and spearheaded by The Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the event will pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Meanwhile Prince William opted to match his wife’s bold scarlet outfit with his own red tie, donning a navy suit for the carol service this afternoon 

‘And things are likely to get a lot worse between the Royal Family and the BBC before they get better as the second part of the documentary threatens to go further.’ 

The second part of the documentary, which aired last week, saw Meghan Markle’s lawyer issue a technical and bizarre denial the Duchess had ever bullied staff – before insisting ‘but she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.’ 

The programme also said people connected to both the Cambridges and Sussexes briefed about the other.

Kensington Palace declined to comment. 

Kate will no doubt be hoping to brush aside any rumblings over the documentary ahead of the carol service. 

Posting about the carol service on Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: ‘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.’ 

Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a snap on Twitter from inside the abbey as rehearsals got underway (pictured) 

Sharing the image online, the tweet read how the service would be ‘reflecting on the extraordinary challenges we have faced in recent times and celebrating the acts of kindness’

Meanwhile Westminster Abbey also shared a photograph of a candle and the service sheet ahead of the service tonight 

Speaking about the decision to drop the BBC for the Christmas concert, a TV industry source told the Sun: ‘It is a brand new format — the royals have never hosted a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal.

‘Naturally most royal programming goes automatically to the BBC as the national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will work more with ITV in the future.’

The source said ITV was ‘surprised but delighted’ by the sudden change of plan, adding, ‘it will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.’

Sneak peek: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month shared a glimpse of the invitations sent out to guests, pictured, including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

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