The Duchess of Cambridge has shared details about the Christmas carol service she will be holding at Westminster Abbey next week to celebrate the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes.
Kate, 39, today posted a photo of the invitations sent to guests, which included charities, teachers and volunteers, ahead of the event on Wednesday, 8.
The service, featuring musical performances by mystery guests, has been developed in partnership with BBC Studios Events Productions, but will be broadcast on ITV next month as part of a special programme.
Prince William and Kate have reportedly dropped the BBC broadcaster for their Christmas special in the wake of the two-part series The Princes and the Press, which was criticized by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for being credibility of “exaggerated and baseless claims” about the royal family.
Christmas cheer: The Duchess of Cambridge is hosting a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey next week to celebrate the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes
An industry insider said last week: ‘It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched over in recent days due to the terrible row over the documentary.
“And it will probably get a lot worse between the Royal Family and the BBC before they get better as the second part of the documentary threatens to move on.”
In the second part of the documentary, which aired last night, Meghan Markle’s attorney issues a technical and bizarre denial that the Duchess once teased staff — before insisting “but she wouldn’t deny anyone’s personal experiences.”
The program also said people associated with both the Cambridges and Sussexes inquired about the other.
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Kate is no doubt hoping to get rid of all the rumor about the documentary before the Christmas service next week.
The order of the service has not been disclosed, but it was revealed today that the event will be a “blending of traditional elements with a modern and inclusive atmosphere to include people of all faiths and none.”
Sneak peek: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today shared a glimpse of the invitations sent to guests, pictured, including charities, teachers and volunteers
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted about the Christmas carol service on Instagram today: “This Christmas we celebrate the incredible work of individuals and organizations across the country doing their best to support their communities.
Next week, The Duchess will hold a carol service at Westminster Abbey, supported by The Royal Foundation, bringing many of those inspiring people together.
The service, which will air in December, will look back on the past eighteen months, not only to reflect on the unprecedented challenges we have all faced as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to reflect on the positives to remember: people and organizations working together in their communities, the small acts of kindness across demographics and generations, and the unsung heroes who stood up to help others.”
The event, supported by The Royal Foundation, will bring together inspiring individuals from across the UK who have done their best to care for and protect those in need during the pandemic.
William and Kate, pictured on the Royal Variety Performance, have reportedly dropped the BBC for their Christmas special after the royal family criticized the BBC for broadcasting ‘exaggerated and baseless claims’ in a documentary about the rift between William and Harry
It will also include guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated, including those with limited social connections, the recently deceased, or those who do not own homes.
The Christmas special marks a massive coup for ITV, which usually loses royal content to the BBC.
Speaking of the decision to drop the BBC for the Christmas concert, a TV industry source told the Sun: ‘It’s a brand new format — the royals have never given a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess in charge is a big deal.
‘Of course most royal programming automatically goes to the BBC as a national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will be working more with ITV in the future.”
The source said ITV was ‘surprised but delighted’ by the sudden change of plan, adding: ‘It will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.’