Duchess of Cambridge gives first public piano performance during Xmas Eve broadcast

24 December 2021, 11:37 | Updated: 24 December 2021, 22:13

By Megan Hinton

The Duchess of Cambridge gave her first public piano performance in a festive broadcast special to celebrate Christmas Eve.

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She performed For Those Who Can't Be Here with singer-songwriter Tom Walker as part of Royal Carols: Together at Christmas.

The Duchess of Cornwall gave her first public piano performance on Christmas Eve
The Duchess of Cornwall gave her first public piano performance on Christmas Eve. Picture: Alamy/ The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Alex Bramall

It was hinted earlier in an Instagram post that the Duchess would be playing the piano at the event.

During the service the Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to the "inspirational" people who have served their communities during the "bleak time" of the pandemic as she introduced a community carol service at Westminster Abbey.

She said her and her husband wanted to recognise those whose struggles may have been "less visible" during the pandemic.

She added: "We wanted to say a huge thank you to all those amazing people out there who have supported their communities.

"We also wanted to recognise those whose struggles perhaps have been less visible too."

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The Duchess performed with singer-songwriter Tom Walker
The Duchess performed with singer-songwriter Tom Walker. Picture: Alamy/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Alex Bramall

Led by the Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the service was attended by those Kate and William had spent time with during recent engagements, as well as members of the armed forces involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders and those who may have been more vulnerable or isolated during the pandemic.

Speaking about the last year she said the country had been through "such a bleak time" and had faced "many challenges", including the loss of loved ones, while frontline workers had been under "immense pressure".

But added that while people had been "more emotionally and socially distanced and isolated from each other", this separation had helped people to realise "how much we need each other" and the importance of acts of kindness.

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The service showcased the Westminster Abbey choir, as well as featuring performances from Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding.

It also featured readings from the Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell, actor Tom Felton and presenter Kate Garraway, in addition to a performance of To The Day, a composition written for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay.