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The Duchess of Cambridge, who last year starred alongside Mary Berry in a Christmas cookery spectacular, will this year host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey.

The event which has just been announced will take place on Wednesday 8 December and be supported by Prince William and Kate’s Royal Foundation in an effort to celebrate the ‘incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who have stepped up to support their communities through the pandemic.’ The event, as rumoured, will also be broadcast by ITV as part of a special programme in December.

Spearheaded by the duchess, the event will reportedly be a ‘celebration of life in our communities, and illustrate how acts of kindness, empathy and love can nurture and reconnect us’. The service, like the very best of London’s carol services, will be formed of carols, readings and musical performances – a blend of the traditional and the new. The celebrated, spine-tingling Westminster Abbey choir will be the musical force behind the event.

Through their Instagram account, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a picture of an invitation with a golden ‘C’ monogram which looks set to be dispatched imminently. It reads: ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, supported by The Royal Foundation and with grateful thanks to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey, requests the pleasure of the company of [space for a name] at a Carol Service at Westminster Abbey’.

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Kensington Palace adds: ‘The event will bring together inspirational individuals from across the UK who have gone above and beyond to care for and protect those in need during the pandemic’. The congregation will also include guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated in our communities – including people with limited social connections, the recently bereaved or those without their own homes.

The event, at one of the country’s most important religious buildings in the City of Westminster, will undoubtedly be alight with festive cheer come Wednesday 8 December ay 5pm

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