HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a carol service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 8th December 2021 to celebrate those who have supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service was led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who welcomed the congregation to the Abbey and pronounced the Blessing.

Writing in the order of service, The Duchess said: ‘In our roles, William and I are so fortunate to meet and spend time with phenomenal people across the country who day-in day-out support individuals and families. And over the past two years, we have been truly inspired by countless people who have brought their communities together through simple acts of love and kindness. This Carol Service is our small way of recognising the inspiring contribution so many of you have made.’

The Lord-Lieutenant invited four guests from the Devon, all of whom had shown the community spirit and humanity the Duchess of Cambridge praised.

Reflecting on the event, one of the guests expressed how much it meant to them: ‘During lockdown singing hymns and carols in my Church has been something I have missed greatly, having to sing in isolation at home at the end of a zoom service instead, so being able to sing with so many people and in Westminster  Abbey as well, was amazing. The words written by Catherine Duchess of Cambridge  in the order of service, referring to the ‘Simple acts of love and Kindness’ really touched me, to  be thanked for this was quite humbling.

The service will be broadcast in the UK on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve. The Lord-Lieutenant wishes a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all, and thanks everyone across Devon who help make their communities a brighter place.