The British royal family gathered at Westminster Abbey this evening to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holidays, attending a community carol service coordinated by the Princess of Wales.
For the second year in a row, Catherine worked to coordinate the special carol concert event, titled “Together at Christmas.” She was the first member of the royal family to arrive at Westminster Abbey for the service, giving her plenty of time to chat with some of the children who were attending the event.
Kate also took time to speak with some of the performers who were singing and narrating during the service.
Kate was joined at the family-oriented service by Prince William and their two elder children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. (How gorgeous are those snowy trees in the background?)
As usual, the Wales family was impeccably coordinated for the event, wearing shades of burgundy and navy blue.
Kate was elegant in a burgundy coat dress by Eponine, worn with matching shoes, gloves, and a clutch bag.
She also wore a pair of earrings featuring dangling red and pink gemstones in various cuts.
The Prince and Princess of Wales had plenty of family support at the service, which was attended by numerous members of the extended royal family.
The King and the Queen Consort arrived to support their daughter-in-law’s initiative, which was also designed this year as a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Camilla wore gold and diamond earrings for the service with the Queen Mother’s Art Deco Topaz Clip Brooch.
The Countess of Wessex was also on hand for the carol service, wearing an elegant ivory coat.
She wore sparkling pearl drop earrings and pinned an intriguing brooch to the lapel of her coat.
Sophie’s hair blocked the details of the brooch in all of the photographs I was able to access, but it looks to me like a modern, abstract jewel.
The York princesses were both in attendance at the service as well, joined by their husbands. Here’s Princess Beatrice, wearing a plaid coat, with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Beatrice wore a pair of sparkling diamond earrings—a fairly rare occurrence, as her ears are not pierced. She does occasionally wear clip earrings for major functions like this one.
Princess Eugenie was accompanied at the service by her husband, Jack Brooksbank.
She wore simple but gleaming gold hoop earrings for the occasion.
Mike and Zara Tindall, back from their recent trip to Australia, were present for the carol service, too. She wore diamond hoops with her burgundy coat.
The late Queen’s cousins and their family members were on hand to celebrate at the service as well. Here’s the Duke of Gloucester arriving for the service.
And here’s the Duchess of Gloucester, elegant as always in a green crushed velvet coat. She accessorized with diamond and pearl drop earrings, a pearl necklace, and her diamond and rock crystal circle brooches.
The Duke of Kent was dapper at the service, looking every inch the British gentleman with his walking stick.
Here’s his sister, Princess Alexandra, arriving at the service alongside the King’s equerry, Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Thompson. Alexandra wore lovely ruby earrings and an intriguing bejeweled brooch for the event.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were present for the carol service, too. She wore diamond and pearl drop earrings for the occasion.
Both of Prince Michael’s children were able to attend the service as well. Here’s Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor arriving for the concert. Sophie wore simple but elegant pearl stud earrings.
And here’s Lady Gabriella Kingston arriving for the service, wearing her diamond wedding earrings.
Members of the Middleton family were on hand to support the Princess of Wales’s endeavor, too. Here are her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, arriving at Westminster Abbey.
They were joined by Kate’s sister, Pippa, and her husband, James Matthews.
As I mentioned above, part of this year’s carol service was dedicated to the memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The Prince of Wales read part of one of her Christmas broadcasts as a tribute to his grandmother. And, charmingly, there was also a tree festooned with Paddington Bear ornaments in her honor. The carol service will air in Britain on ITV on Christmas Eve as part of the “Royal Carols: Together At Christmas” program.
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