William and Kate send touching message on ‘different’ Christmas

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Prince William and Kate's family Christmas card 2021. Photo Credit: Kensington Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a heartfelt message dedicated to those in isolation, frontline staff and those caring for others.

Their poignant message on Twitter this morning read:

“This Christmas will be different to what so many of us had planned. From those who are alone or having to isolate away from loved ones, to the incredible people supporting our NHS and caring for those most in need – we are thinking of you. W & C.”

 

Royal fans were quick to reply to the popular couple’s thoughtful message.

A KarlRedman wrote:

“My partner has just got in from a night shift at a nursing home and now she’s cracking on with christmas dinner, a real trooper helping others and a great partner, mum and grandma to us all.”

CrownsnTiaras wrote:

“And we are all so thankful for your thoughts and continued support throughout the year. Your kindness and compassion helps so many. You encourage all of us to be the best versions of ourselves every day. Sending much love to you both and your family this Christmas.”

A Mrs Everette wrote:

“Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family. Thank you for all you do and Catherine, thank you for your amazing Carol Concert last night to really kickstart my Christmas. Your duet was fantastic as was your warmth and smile.”

Kate gave millions of Britons a Christmas treat on TV last night when she played the piano to accompany singer Tom Walker with a poignant song performed by candlelight at Westminster Abbey.

Kate, who has played the piano since she was a child, recorded the song with Walker in the Chapter House of the Abbey, one day before a community carol service on December 8 which was shown on ITV on Christmas Eve.

They played his Christmas single ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’ together, after the Duchess had the idea for the performance following a meeting with Walker when she heard him play at a charity function earlier this year.

Walker said:

‘We rehearsed the song like nine times and by the end of it she’d absolutely nailed it, and then she went away for a couple of days and practised it, and then we finally got to do the recording of it. 

‘I think we were both really nervous that it wasn’t going to go quite to plan and one of us would let down the other person or whatever, but she was absolutely fabulous – she smashed it.’ 

He added:

‘It was truly an honour playing alongside The Duchess for Royal Carols: Together At Christmas. Without doubt, it was a once in a lifetime experience.

‘She’s such a lovely, kind and warm hearted person and she took the time to thank everyone personally for the opportunity to play together.”

The carol service was developed with BBC Studios Events Productions but ended up being broadcast on ITV after William and Kate reportedly dropped the BBC in the wake of the two-part series The Princes and the Press.

Kate organised and hosted the event as a thank you to the “inspirational” people who have served their communities during the pandemic.

William and Kate were joined at the service by a host of celebrities and other royals, including the Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Zara and Mike Tindall. The Queen is also said to have enjoyed watching the service on TV.

 

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