A new Christmas tradition is officially being started by senior royal Kate Middleton!
Buckingham Palace announced the Princess of Wales will host a Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey for the second year in a row.
On December 15, the joyous occasion will bring together members of the royal family with representatives from nonprofit organisations, neighbourhood volunteers, frontline workers, military personnel, and more to celebrate the holiday season.
This year's Christmas concert will also pay a moving tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in September at the age of 96.
The memorial service will highlight the principles she upheld throughout her remarkable life, including empathy, compassion, and support for others.
"These principles are shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the Abbey from across the U.K. in recognition of their tireless efforts to help and care for those around them," the palace wrote.
The ancient Abbey will be festively decorated and will be warmed by the Abbey Choir's music as well as other performances and readings throughout the celebration.
Last year, the Princess of Wales organised Royal Carols, her first Christmas concert at Westminster Abbey, honouring the amazing efforts of people and organisations all over the U.K. who helped their communities through the coronavirus pandemic.
During a surprise duet with Tom Walker on the song ‘For Those Who Can't Be Here’, Kate made her debut playing the piano in front of an audience.
The senior royal herself, according to a royal source, was the inspiration behind the performance.
Princess Kate was a child pianist who found "great comfort" in music during the pandemic. She met Walker and heard him perform ‘Leave a Light On’, his song about the struggles of those experiencing addiction, at a Forward Trust event in October of last year.
Because his holiday song ‘For Those Who Can't Be Here’ had "such pertinence for so many this year," she asked him to perform at the carol service. Kate suggested going with the hitmaker.
I wonder whether she will bring those skills back into the spotlight for this year's spectacular. Looks like we will have to wait and see.