December 25, 2022, 07:20 | Updated: December 25, 2022, 07:28
Princess Charlotte and Prince George were among the most enthusiastic singers at the Prince of Wales’s Carols Concert at Westminster Abbey.
Members of the royal family hold candles as they take part in the ceremony, which took place earlier this month but was broadcast on Christmas Eve.
He dedicated the caroling ceremony, attended by more than 1,800 people, to Queen Elizabeth, who died in September at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.
Kate Middleton, George and Charlotte’s mother, was seen with a protective arm around Charlotte’s shoulders, while Prince William placed his hand on George’s back.
Introducing the event, Kate, who led the service with the support of the Royal Institution, said she was “delighted” to be back at the abbey for a second year.
She 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 a time that brought people together and reminded us of the importance of faith, friendship and family, and to show compassion and mercy.
This year, we have invited hundreds of inspiring individuals to the ministry.
“Those who display the power of connectedness and community values, allowing us to continue Her Majesty’s tradition of appreciating and thanking those who have gone above and beyond to support others.
“Her Majesty the Queen leaves with us a wonderful legacy and has deeply inspired many of us.”
Portraits of the Queen throughout her life appeared on a grand piano played during a concert version of the carols at The Bleak Midwinter.
The ceremony, which took place on December 15, was attended by a number of members of the royal family, including the King and Queen, Countess of Wessex, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as Zara and Mike Tindall.
Performers included Westminster Abbey Choir, singer Craig David, Alfie Poe and Melanie C who sang duets while William and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas gave readings. Narrated by Catherine Zeta-Jones on TV.
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The Abbey’s Christmas tree was decorated with a small Paddington Bear ornament, a nod to the late Queen’s famous drawing, while guests were greeted with snowflakes from a snow machine as they arrived at the entrance.
The royal family returns to their traditional get-together at Sandringham, marking the first time they have spent the festive period together at their Norfolk home since 2019.
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