Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall led the glamour as they joined their cousin Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton at the Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon.
Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 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, 31, 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.
The York sisters attended the Together At Christmas event, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers, alongside Zara and her husband Mike Tindall.
The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, as well as the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings James and Pippa.
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.
Princess Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, who welcomed their daughter Sienna together in September, looked radiant as they arrived at the London event, hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge
Princess Eugenie (pictured), 31, 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
The York sisters attended the Together At Christmas event, which celebrates the ‘incredible work’ of pandemic heroes including charity workers, teachers and volunteers, alongside Zara and her husband Mike Tindall (pictured together)
The Duchess of Cambridge was festive in a scarlet Catherine Walker coat as she arrived to host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon
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.
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 red bag while boasting strappy blue heels and a crimson 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.
Putting on an elegant show, Zara showed she meant business in a check £495 Pembridge Coat, paired with smart trousers and black heels.
The group were also joined by the Countess of Wessex, 55, at the service, as well as the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings James and Pippa. Pictured, Beatrice and her husband Edoardo
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the Together At Christmas community carol service at Westminster Abbey in London
The service will include musical performances from stars including Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis. Pictured, Beatrice and Edoardo
Beatrice wore her auburn locks in a bouncy blow dry style, similar to that often worn by the Duchess of Cambridge
Mother-of-one Beatrice, who welcomed her first baby earlier this year, beamed as she arrived hand-in-hand with her husband Edo
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.
Hosted and spearheaded by The Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the event will pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The service 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. Pictured, Eugenie
Looking typically stylish, Beatrice sported a Finchley Coat Vicuna Wool, costing £645, while her sister Eugenie (pictured) recycled a £2,225 bottle green cape by Chloe
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
Princess Eugenie, whose father-in-law George Brooksbank passed away last month, attended the event without her husband Jack
Filmed for broadcast, the service will provide a moment for the nation to come together and reflect, to think not only of the extraordinary challenges that we have faced, but also to celebrate the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across our nation, the communities pulling together to protect and care for those in need, and those who have stepped up to help others.
It is set to combine traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to encompass people of all faiths and none, the service will feature carols sung by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir alongside musical performances by Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding.
It will also incorporate a performance of To The Day, a poignant composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay, and readings delivered by speakers including The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell and Kate Garraway.
The Christmas Eve broadcast will feature additional content including an introduction from The Duchess of Cambridge, videos highlighting the efforts of inspirational organisations, and a special performance by Tom Walker of his new Christmas single For Those Who Can’t Be Here.
Unsung heroes from across the length and breadth of the nation have been invited to attend the service in recognition of their tireless efforts and selfless acts of kindness despite incredibly difficult circumstances.
Meanwhile Princess Anne’s daughter Zara and her husband Mike Tindall opted for matching black and navy ensembles for the outing in London
Mother-of-three Zara was in high spirits as she arrived at the event hand-in-hand with her husband Mike
Mother-of-two Sophie Wessex beamed as she arrived at the carol service in London this afternoon, sweeping her blonde locks into an updo for the occasion
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
Nominations have been drawn from Lieutenancies across the UK, alongside community networks, charitable organisations and patronages of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Individuals who The Duke and Duchess have met and spent time with during their recent engagements and project work will also be present, alongside those working in some of the key areas that Their Royal Highnesses and The Royal Foundation continue to focus on.
The congregation will also include armed forces personnel who were involved in Operation Pitting, young carers, faith leaders, and guests who may be more vulnerable or isolated within our society.
Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a snap from inside the abbey as rehearsals got underway.
She posted: ‘Rehearsals ahead of tonight’s #TogetherAtChristmas carol service.
The Middleton family showed their support for the Duchess of Cambridge this afternoon as they arrived to watch her host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey
The royal was joined James and his new wife Alizée Thevenet and her sister Pippa who proudly watched Kate host the event which will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve as part of a special programme called Royal Carols: Together At Christmas
The Middletons 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
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
‘We will be reflecting on the extraordinary challenges we have faced in recent times and celebrating the acts of kindness that we have witnessed across the nation as communities pulled together to help each other.’
The Christmas special marks a massive coup for ITV, which usually loses out on royal content to the BBC.
An industry insider said earlier this month: ‘It was all arranged to be on BBC1 but it was switched in the last few days because of the terrible row over the documentary.
‘And things are likely to get a lot worse between the Royal Family and the BBC before they get better as the second part of the documentary threatens to go further.’
The second part of the documentary, which aired last week, saw Meghan Markle’s lawyer issue a technical and bizarre denial the Duchess had ever bullied staff – before insisting ‘but she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.’
The programme also said people connected to both the Cambridges and Sussexes briefed about the other.
The look of love! The Duke could be seen offering his wife a beaming smile as they arrived at the service this afternoon (pictured)
The ultimate festive glamour! The mother-of-three opted for a subtle smokey eye for the carol service this afternoon, paired with a glossy lip
Giving a masterclass in festive glamour, Kate wore her bouncy brunette locks down across her shoulders (pictured)
The Duchess looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat, estimated to be worth around £3,000, which she paired with matching accessories
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Kate will no doubt be hoping to brush aside any rumblings over the documentary ahead of the carol service.
Posting about the carol service on Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: ‘This Christmas we are celebrating the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who go above and beyond to support their communities.
‘Next week, The Duchess will host a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey, supported by The Royal Foundation, bringing many of those inspirational people together.
‘The service, which will be broadcast in December, will look back on the last eighteen months, to think not only of the unprecedented challenges that we have all faced as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to remember the positives: people and organisations pulling together in their communities, the small acts of kindness across different demographics and generations, and the unsung heroes who stepped up to help others.’
Speaking about the decision to drop the BBC for the Christmas concert, a TV industry source told the Sun: ‘It is a brand new format — the royals have never hosted a televised TV concert before. And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal.
‘Naturally most royal programming goes automatically to the BBC as the national broadcaster. Now it looks like they will work more with ITV in the future.’
The source said ITV was ‘surprised but delighted’ by the sudden change of plan, adding, ‘it will be a fantastic Christmas carol concert that will be TV gold for viewers at home.’
Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a snap on Twitter from inside the abbey as rehearsals got underway (pictured)
Sharing the image online, the tweet read how the service would be ‘reflecting on the extraordinary challenges we have faced in recent times and celebrating the acts of kindness’
Meanwhile Westminster Abbey also shared a photograph of a candle and the service sheet ahead of the service tonight
Sneak peek: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month shared a glimpse of the invitations sent out to guests, pictured, including charity workers, teachers and volunteers