Together At Christmas viewers emotional as Kate leads tributes to late Queen

Viewers of Royal Carols: Together At Christmas have been left feeling emotional as the carol service, hosted by the Princess of Wales, pays a number of tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Introducing the programme, Kate dedicated the service to the Queen and to “all those who are sadly no longer with us".

A clip featuring the late monarch was then shown, prompting one viewer to tweet: "How lovely seeing the Queen again, I miss her so #TogetherAtChristmas"

A second added: "Seeing our beautiful late Queen on the TV has set me off #royalcarols #togetheratchristmas." A number of other beautiful tributes were shared during the service.

Prince William, the Prince of Wales, read some of the Christmas message his late grandmother gave in 2021, which read: "This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son 'to serve, not to be served'. He restored love and service to the centre of our lives in the person of Jesus Christ."

This was then followed by Pianist Alexis Ffrench, who played an arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter, which also left some viewers emotional as the grand piano was emblazoned with a slideshow of images of Her Majesty.

Taking to social media, one viewer posted: "I've been so busy, but lovely to stop at watch this; the Christmas story, Her Majesty's words, and pictures on the piano was a lovely touch #royalcarols #togetheratchristmas."

While another added: "#TogetherAtChristmas Pictures on the Piano of the late queen yes I am welling up beautifully played by Alexis."

A third shared: "Absolutely love what they’ve done on top of the piano! #TogetherAtChristmas"

The carol service saw performances from the Westminster Abbey choir, West End star Samantha Barks, and a duet from Alfie Boe and Melanie C.

And in another tribute to the late Queen, a Christmas tree in the Abbey was decorated with small Paddington Bear decorations, as a nod to the Queen's sketch with Paddington during her jubilee celebrations.

The broadcast also saw Inna Hryhorovych, headmistress of St Mary’s Ukrainian School in London, receiving a letter from Kate thanking her for the care she provides to families and children attending the school amid the conflict in their home nation.

In the letter dated November 18, Kate praises the school as a “lifeline for the whole community” and said she had been struck by their “courage and sense of togetherness during such a challenging time”, inviting Ms Hryhorovych and the school choir to sing a carol at the service.


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