Kate, the Princess of Wales is set to host another ITV festive special programme at Westminster Abbey in December.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, the Princess of Wales reportedly wants to “feature a special tribute” to her late grandmother-in-law during the ITV special, which will air on Christmas Eve. Speaking on the latest episode of Royally Us, hosts Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross discussed Kate’s upcoming project and her desire to pay homage to the late monarch.
Ms Garibaldi said: “Princess Kate is hosting the second annual Christmas Carol concert. “It’s going to feature a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.” She added: “[Kate] will oversee this holiday event at Westminster Abbey on December 15, and it will air later on Christmas Eve on ITV.” Ms Garibaldi then read a statement released by Buckingham Palace: “[The night will] celebrate the joy that human connection can bring by bringing together the Royal Family with charity staff, frontline workers, community volunteers and military personnel.
“These principles are shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the Abbey from across the UK in recognition of their tireless efforts to help and care for those around them.” She added: “As I said, she’ll pay homage to Queen Elizabeth throughout the programme.
“ITV said that the magical night promises to embody some of [Queen] Elizabeth’s biggest strengths, which she demonstrated throughout her life, including empathy, compassion, and support for others.” She noted that ITV will also “highlight the selfless efforts of those who served the UK over the last years.” The Princess of Wales, then-Duchess of Cambridge, presented a festive special last year. Last year’s programme saw the 40-year-old play the piano as she joined singer Tom Walker for a performance of his song ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here.’ The performance was believed to have been a tribute to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh who had died earlier in the year aged 99.
As well as Kate, other members of the Royal Family are expected to be in attendance. Guests will also include charity workers and volunteers, emergency responders and armed forces personnel. This will be the Royal Family’s first Christmas without the late monarch, who passed away peacefully at Balmoral on September 8. Queen Elizabeth II was 96 years old.