Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales will be joined by Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort, and other Members of the Royal Family, for the Together At Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next Thursday 15th December.
Spearheaded by The Princess of Wales, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the service will recognise the selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK. This year’s carol service is dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the values Her Majesty demonstrated throughout her life, including duty, empathy, faith, service, kindness, compassion and support for others. All of which are shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the Abbey.
The event will be broadcast as part of Royal Carols: Together At Christmas, a special programme narrated by Catherine Zeta Jones, airing on ITV1 on Christmas Eve. Combining traditional and modern elements, the service will see the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir perform some of the nation’s most beloved carols. These will sit alongside musical performances by guests including Craig David, Alexis Ffrench and Samantha Barks, and a special duet from Alfie Boe and Melanie C. Poignant readings will be delivered by speakers including The Prince of Wales, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Bonneville and Kadeena Cox.
The broadcast will also feature an introduction from The Princess of Wales, films highlighting individuals who go above and beyond to support others, and tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Guest nominations have been drawn from Lieutenancies across the UK, alongside community networks and charities associated with Members of the Royal Family, including some of the patronages of Her Late Majesty.
Running in tandem with the service at the Abbey, a family of ‘Together at Christmas’ community carol services will be taking place around the UK across December to celebrate local heroes. Hosted by Lord Lieutenants, and supported by The Royal Foundation, these events will be tailored to their local communities. Guests will also receive a special foreword written by The Princess of Wales.
The Westminster Abbey carol service has been developed and delivered in partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions.
The Community Carol Services are also supported by the Genesis Foundation, Hobbycraft and Tesco, through the provision of items to enhance guest experiences and help to create magical community events, including refreshments and decorations.