Queen throws weight behind Kate before special Christmas event championed by the Duchess

Kate Middleton: We’ve realised how much we need each other

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The Queen gave a nod of approval to the Together at Christmas carol concert by donating Christmas trees, taken from Windsor Great Park, to decorate Westminster Abbey ahead of the special service. The beautiful trees were placed in the London abbey ahead of the concert and, the day before it took place, Kate was photographed helping staff decorate them.

In one picture shared by the Cambridges’ official Twitter account, Kate can be seen smiling as she places a tiny red bow on a tree.

In another snap, the Duchess carries one of the specially designed wreaths donated by the Royal Horticultural Society – of which the Queen is patron.

On the same day Kate helped out with decorating the abbey, she also recorded a video message that will be played to introduce the concert.

In it, she explains the reasons behind this uplifting special service she spearheaded.

She said: “We wanted to say a huge thank you to all those amazing people out there who have supported their communities.

“We also wanted to recognise those whose struggles perhaps have been less visible too.”

Kate acknowledged the country has “been through such a bleak time” during the past 20 months.

These include losing loved ones, stay apart from one another to curb the spread of the virus and see frontline staff work under “immense pressure”, the Duchess said.

She continued: “But I suppose through that separation, we’ve also realised how much we need each other and how acts of kindness and love can really bring us comfort and relief in times of distress.”

Stressing how music has helped her during the past months, Kate continued: “Music was so important to me during the pandemic as I think it was to so many people too.

“But above all it’s about celebrating the goodwill, the acts of kindness, love, empathy, and compassion to help people come through these difficult times.”

The carol service took place on the evening of December 8 but was recorded for screening.

It will be released as an hour-long special on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm on ITV.

Among the guests at the event, there were the Middletons, who came out in force to support their beloved Kate.

Alongside Prince William, members of the Royal Family were also in attendance, including Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie.

As a thank you for their efforts during the ongoing pandemic, Kate also invited 1200 unsung heroes, who have done their utmost to help their communities, friends and neighbours.

Little Mila Sneddon and her family, featured among the finalists of the Hold Still photographic contest, were among these guests after showing extraordinary courage during the pandemic to shield the tot from the virus while she was undergoing leukaemia treatment.

Other guests included charities, organisations with royal patrons, community networks and Lord Lieutenants.

Members of the Armed Forces, who have been pivotal in their support during the pandemic, were also in attendance.

This carol service will air just hours before members of the Royal Family are expected to visit the Queen at Windsor Castle.

A royal source revealed on Tuesday the Queen had taken a precautionary approach and decided to scrap plans to travel to Sandringham in the midst of the steep rise of Covid infections.

However, unlike last year, she will not be alone at Christmas but will receive some of her loved ones, remaining mindful of Government advice.

This year will also mark the first Christmas of the Queen as a widow, following the death of Prince Philip in April.

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