Kate Middleton looks elegant as she arrives at Westminster Abbey for carol service 


The Royal Family were out in force this afternoon as they gathered for the Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey.  

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers.

The mother-of-three debuted a new red Catherine Walker coat dress for the outing, which featured a large bow detailing across the bodice, as she arrived at the event alongside Prince William, 39. 

The coat dress, thought to be worth around £3,000, is a new ensemble for the Duchess, who previously wore a black version of the coat to attend Prince Philip‘s funeral in April. 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings, and recycled her £640 red suede bag by Miu Miu for the occasion, first worn in September 2016.

It was a family affair for the Duchess today at the carol service, with her parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings James and Pippa, also in attendance. 

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, Princess Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, 31, and Zara and Mike Tindall at the service.

Once inside, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be seen wearing black face coverings, in accordance with guidance from the abbey. The website details how attendees are ‘encouraged when inside the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church’ to wear masks while social distancing is ‘encouraged in areas which are small and confined.’ 

The service, which will include musical performances from stars including Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, has been developed with BBC Studios Events Productions but will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special programme called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas. 

Prince William and Kate reportedly dropped the BBC as the broadcaster for their Christmas special in the wake of the two-part series The Princes and the Press, which was criticised by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ about the Royal Family. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon  

Kate Middleton was joined by Prince William as they walked side-by-side into the carol service this afternoon in London (pictured)

Kate Middleton was joined by Prince William as they walked side-by-side into the carol service this afternoon in London (pictured)  

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Kate's family for the carol service today, including Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her sister Pippa Matthews, brother James and his wife Alizee

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Kate’s family for the carol service today, including Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her sister Pippa Matthews, brother James and his wife Alizee 

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, who opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket

The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, who opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) and Zara and Mike Tindall (left) were also in attendance at the event this evening in London

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were also in attendance at the event this evening in London

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (right) and Zara and Mike Tindall (left) were also in attendance at the event this evening in London 

Princess Eugenie cut a chic figure in a smart emerald green cape coat, which she paired with a black ensemble and knee-high black leather boots 

Looking radiant in red! The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories

Looking radiant in red! The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories

Looking radiant in red! The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories 

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders

Meanwhile Prince William complemented his wife's festive ensemble by opting for a smart navy suit with a red tie for the outing today

Meanwhile Prince William complemented his wife’s festive ensemble by opting for a smart navy suit with a red tie for the outing today 

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the 'Together at Christmas' community carol service

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the ‘Together at Christmas’ community carol service

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, who previously met Kate and Will at the Pride of Britain awards, was in attendance at the event

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, who previously met Kate and Will at the Pride of Britain awards, was in attendance at the event 

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders.

Meanwhile the Countess of Wessex swept her blonde hair into a neat updo, opting for a hint of blush across her cheeks and a sweep of black eyeliner. 

Sophie could be seen beaming as she arrived at the event this afternoon, clutching a smart purple bag as she strode into Westminster Abbey. 

Beatrice and her husband Edoardo 38, who welcomed their daughter Sienna together in September, looked radiant as they arrived at the London event, hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Eugenie joined her sister at the occasion without her husband Jack Brooksbank following the death of his father, George Brooksbank, last month after a battle with Covid-19. 

Looking typically stylish, Beatrice sported a Finchley Coat Vicuna Wool, costing £645, while her sister Eugenie recycled a £2,225 bottle green cape by Chloe.

Beatrice teamed the camel statement garment with a matching bag while boasting strappy black heels and a complementary headband.

Edo looked just as sophisticated in a smart blue suit and tie, while Eugenie opted for black tights, matching thigh-high boots and a smattering of glamorous makeup. 

Once inside the abbey, the Duke and Duchess could be seen chatting with some of the performers, which included Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis (pictured)

Once inside the abbey, the Duke and Duchess could be seen chatting with some of the performers, which included Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis (pictured) 

Both Ellie and Leona opted for stunning sequin and feather gowns for the outing at Westminster Abbey this evening (pictured)

Both Ellie and Leona opted for stunning sequin and feather gowns for the outing at Westminster Abbey this evening (pictured) 

Kate and William could be seen wearing black face masks as they stood chatting to GMB presenter Kate Garroway at the service this evening

Kate and William could be seen wearing black face masks as they stood chatting to GMB presenter Kate Garroway at the service this evening 

The Duke and Duchess appeared to share a laugh with the ITV presenter as they spoke with her ahead of the service

The Duke and Duchess appeared to share a laugh with the ITV presenter as they spoke with her ahead of the service 

Attendees to Kate’s carols will be ‘encouraged’ to wear face masks  

According to the Westminster Abbey website, face coverings are encouraged when inside the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church and social distancing is encouraged in areas which are small and confined. 

Putting on an elegant show, Zara showed she meant business in a check £495 Pembridge Coat, paired with smart trousers and black heels. 

Her husband former England rugby player Mike donned an equally smart black coat and blue trousers. 

Meanwhile, the Countess of Wessex opted for a smart white pair of trousers with a festive green blouse and maroon jacket. 

The mother-of-two swept her blonde hair into a neat up-do, opting for a hint of blush across her cheeks and a sweep of black eyeliner. 

Sophie could be seen beaming as she arrived at the event this afternoon, clutching a smart purple bag as she strode into Westminster Abbey.  

Meanwhile the Middletons also made a rare family appearance for the occasion, beaming at cameras as they walked into the abbey shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Kate’s younger sister Pippa cut an elegant figure on the outing, donning a smart emerald tailored coat for the evening.

She wore her short brunette locks in a half-up, letting two tendrils fall across her face, and wore minimal makeup. 

Meanwhile the Duchess’ brother James was joined by his new wife Alizee for the occasion, marking the second recent appearance she has made with the Middleton family in recent months.

Alizee – who married James at the end of the summer in a lavish ceremony in the South of France – donned a distinctive checked suit for the outing with the Middleton clan. 

The mother-of-three could also be seen carrying her  her £640 red suede bag by Miu Miu for the occasion, first worn in September 2016 (pictured)

The mother-of-three could also be seen carrying her  her £640 red suede bag by Miu Miu for the occasion, first worn in September 2016 (pictured) 

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design

Arriving at the event today, Kate donned a pair of earrings featuring large sapphires surrounded by diamonds, from which diamond fringes are suspended, in an Art Deco design (pictured left and right) 

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother's sapphire and diamond fringe earrings for the outing (pictured)

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings for the outing (pictured) 

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down and finished the look with delicate gold necklaces and earrings

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders (pictured)

Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders (pictured) 

The couple appeared in high spirits as they arrived for the event in London this afternoon alongside the Duchess' family (pictured)

The couple appeared in high spirits as they arrived for the event in London this afternoon alongside the Duchess’ family (pictured) 

Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her hair out from her coat as she arrived at the event today

Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her hair out from her coat as she arrived at the event today

Having a great hair day! The Duchess of Cambridge could be seen swinging her brunette locks out from her coat as she arrived at the event today 

The Duchess carefully removed her brunette locks from her earrings as she arrived at the event earlier this evening in London

The Duchess carefully removed her brunette locks from her earrings as she arrived at the event earlier this evening in London 

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the 'incredible work' of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the 'incredible work' of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

Kate Middleton, 39, cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the Together At Christmas event in London today, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with a pair of glittering earrings from the Queen Mother's jewellery box (pictured)

Meanwhile the royal added a touch of glamour to her outfit with a pair of glittering earrings from the Queen Mother’s jewellery box (pictured) 

The Duchess opted for a tonal scarlet outfit the occasion, matching her red coat dress with complementing shoes with a matching bag



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