Kate shares emotional message ahead of Together at Christmas carol service

The Prince and Princess of Wales sing with their children at Westminster Abbey. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The Princess of Wales will thank all those helping babies and young children “feel safe, valued and loved” in a video message introducing her third televised carol concert.

Kate hosted her Together At Christmas event at Westminster Abbey on December 8, welcoming her family, members of the monarchy and inspiring individuals in celebration of those supporting children and families.

The event will be broadcast on Christmas Eve on ITV1 as part of the special programme Royal Carols: Together At Christmas.

This year's programme will feature additional material including films emphasising the importance of early childhood and contributions from celebrities like Rio and Kate Ferdinand and Dame Sheila Hancock.

In her message Kate will say: “Christmas is a time when we come together and celebrate the birth of a newborn baby.

The Prince of Wales, Prince George, Prince Louis, the Princess of Wales and Princess Charlotte attended the carol service Credit: Chris Jackson/PA

“The arrival of every baby is a precious and momentous time, it brings us together to reflect on new beginnings and brings hope for the future.

“Throughout our earliest interactions, relationships and experiences, with those who love us, even before we are born, we lay the foundations to so much of what that future will depend on.

“But only by valuing and supporting the vital role of the adults in a child’s world can we hope to make a difference.

“And so tonight’s guests have been invited in recognition of their support of our youngest children, as we shine a spotlight on the critical role they play in nurturing and raising the future generation.

Jacob Collier performs during the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas service at Westminster Abbey on John Lennon’s former piano Credit: Jordan Pettitt/PA

“From parents and carers, to early educators, midwives, health visitors and community volunteers, thank you for all you do in helping the very youngest members of our communities, feel safe, valued and loved.

“This is not just making a difference to children today, it will go on to shape a happier, healthier, fairer world in the future.”

Kate was joined at the carol service by husband William and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and among the 1,500 guests were midwives, nursery teachers and baby bank volunteers.

The highlight of the show was a poignant musical tribute paid to John Lennon and George Michael – with the concert held 43 years to the day the former Beatle was shot dead.

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier played Wham!’s hit Last Christmas on Lennon’s upright piano, which was owned by the group’s singer and later solo star George Michael and loaned by his estate.

Jim Broadbent read an extract from Letters From Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien during the concert Credit: Aaron Chown/PA

Broadcaster Roman Kemp, the son of Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp and former Wham! backing singer Shirlie Kemp, introduced Collier and talked about the role George Michael, who was his godfather, played in his life.

During the concert Oscar winner Jim Broadbent read an extract from Letters From Father Christmas by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien and singers Beverley Knight and Adam Lambert performed.

Royal Carols: Together At Christmas will be screen at 7.45pm on ITV1 and ITV X on Christmas Eve.

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