Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge won much praise for the Christmas Carol service for emergency respondents she helped organise at Westminster Abbey. The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by senior members of the Royal Family, including husband Prince William, as well as her family. Kate also ensured to include a special nod to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who will spend their third Christmas away from the UK.
Included in the service was the Sussex Carol, also known as On Christmas night all Christians sing.
The carol was transcribed after Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan William heard it sung when they visited near Horsham, Sussex.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were initially expected to come back to the UK to celebrate Christmas with the Queen but ultimately remained in California.
The couple spent the past three Christmases away from the UK.
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Kate penned the intro to the order of service for the concert, reflecting on the “immeasurable” pressure Britons faced over the past two years.
She said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us all with countless and previously unimaginable challenges.
“We have lost loved ones, seen our frontline workers placed under immeasurable pressure, and we have experienced heart-wrenching isolation from those we hold most dear.
“Alongside this, we have seen how communities have come together to support those most in need.”
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“And over the past two years, we have been truly inspired by countless people who have brought their communities together through simple acts of long and kindness.”
The Duchess of Cambridge added: “This carol service is our small way of recognising the inspiring contribution so many of you have made. Thank you.
“Christmas is a time when we can reflect on the past, listen to one another, focus on the relationships that nurture us, and build our resilience, so we can look forward to a shared brighter future.
“My hope is that this service creates a moment for us to do this together.