Princess Charlotte stole viewers’ hearts with her “priceless” reaction at Christmas Carols Mass as her face lit up during Paddington Bear’s tribute to the late Queen.
A Christmas Eve Carol service dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II and hosted by the Princess of Wales was broadcast on ITV after a taping at Westminster Abbey on 15 December.
Actor Hugh Bonneville of the Paddington films read an excerpt from one of Michael Bond’s books about the cuddly bear in Royal Carols: Together at Christmas.
Charlotte smiled when she heard the reference to the adorable teddy bear, who made an iconic sketch with her grandmother the Queen for her Platinum Jubilee in June.
Charlotte smiled when she heard the reference to the lovable teddy bear, who made an iconic sketch with her grandmother the Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee in June
The seven-year-old was also photographed singing heartily to Away in a Manger alongside her older brother Prince George, nine, as the siblings sat in the front row.
Kate, Princess of Wales, who was leading the service, looked smugly at her daughter as she became excited while hearing about the storybook character.
Hugh reads a “Christmas letter” to the congregation from the Paddington Christmas Mail while Charlotte gestures happily towards her mother.
“Dear Aunt Lucy,” Hugh read as music played in the background, “today was Christmas Day, and a wonderful thing happened!
You would never believe it but Mr. Claus gave me a huge jar of homemade marmalade. I couldn’t think of how he guessed it was my type.
Paddington became the Queen’s totem in the days after her death because one of her last public appearances was in a delightful drawing she made of him for her Platinum Jubilee.
Mourners left plenty of stuffed toys, as well as the character’s beloved marmalade sandwiches, amid floral tributes that Royal Parks bosses had to urge to stop.
The ceremony was attended by King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, as well as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The seven-year-old was pictured singing heartily to Away in a Manger next to her older brother, Prince George, nine, as the siblings sat in the front row.
Kate, Princess of Wales, who was leading the service, glanced fondly at her daughter as she became excited while hearing about the storybook character
Actor Hugh Bonneville of the Paddington films read an excerpt from one of Michael Bond’s books about the cuddly bear in Royal Carols: Together at Christmas
“Dear Aunt Lucy,” Hugh read as the music played in the background, “today was Christmas Day, and something wonderful happened!”
Hugh read a ‘Christmas letter’ to the congregation from the Paddington Christmas Post while Charlotte gestured happily towards her mother
The well-behaved pair was depicted holding candles at the service as they dressed identically to their parents and entered the cloister while holding hands.
Princess Charlotte wore an elegant burgundy coat and fur collar with her hair cut back, as well as Mary Jane shoes.
The young princess, who is seven years old, was the spitting image of her mother Kate, who also wore an elegant burgundy for the occasion.
The Wells family was a perfect match, as George also appeared as little William, dressed in an elegant suit with a white and navy tie.
This is the first time they have attended a service like this and prayed holding hands with their parents.
Their younger brother, Prince Louis, did not attend the service this year.
Speaking at the start of the programme, Kate said: “This Christmas will be our first without Her Majesty the late Queen Elizabeth.
“Her Majesty The Queen held Christmas close to her heart as the time that brought us together.”
The ceremony, which was dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II, was attended by King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla
The Princess of Wales (left) with the Countess of Wessex during the ‘Together at Christmas’ carol service at Westminster Abbey
She added that the service aims to “continue Her Majesty’s tradition of thanking those who have gone above and beyond to support others”.
Her Majesty left with us an amazing legacy that deeply inspired many of us.
“This year’s caroling service is dedicated to her and all those who unfortunately are no longer with us.”
Other senior members of the royal family, including Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, were in attendance.
Twitter users found the scene at Carol’s party between the Princess of Wales and her daughter adorable.
Keeley Ainsworth said: ‘I don’t get along well at Christmas and usually shed a lot of tears, but I warmed to see little Princess Charlotte happily singing away and getting excited about Paddington Bear’s message.
“Thank you Charlotte for making me smile.”
“Princess Charlotte’s excitement when she heard the words ‘Paddington Bear’ was priceless!” said Pooja.
Janice Merritt found the Princess’ reaction to the Paddington Beer signal to be one of the highlights of the “beautiful” service.
She tweeted: ‘RoyalFamily well done service, it was amazing. Adorable Princess Charlotte’s face lights up before Paddington Bear.
He was light-hearted and not very religious. Great.’
Twitter users found the scene at Carol’s party between the Princess of Wales and her daughter adorable
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