The Princess of Wales is set to return to Westminster Abbey to host a special Christmas carol service on Friday, 8th December. This year, the service will be a moment to express gratitude to all those who contribute to supporting infants, young children, and families in our communities throughout the UK. It will also be a celebration of the golden opportunity presented by the birth of a new baby.
Led by The Princess and backed by The Royal Foundation, the service aims to bring people together during the Christmas season and acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond to assist others throughout the year. Aligned with Her Royal Highness’ Shaping Us campaign, the service will highlight the hope associated with new life and emphasize the importance of constructing supportive, nurturing environments for children and the adults in their lives. The service recognizes that the foundations laid in early childhood significantly influence the rest of our lives, shaping the adults we become, the relationships we form, and ultimately, the type of society we collectively create. This critical period in a child’s earliest years provides a unique opportunity to build a happier, healthier, fairer, kinder, and more tolerant world.
The service, designed to be inclusive of people of all faiths and none, will feature performances by the world-renowned Westminster Abbey choir, presenting some of the nation’s most beloved carols. Musical performances by guests such as Beverley Knight, Adam Lambert, Jacob Collier, Freya Ridings, and James Bay will further enhance the experience.
Westminster Abbey will be filled with inspiring individuals and families from various parts of the UK, including midwives, health visitors, early years practitioners, nursery teachers, and community volunteers, as well as Members of The Royal Family. The event will shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond, providing an opportunity to celebrate the incredible role they play in raising children and shaping the society of tomorrow. The festive decorations in Westminster Abbey will create a beautiful Christmas backdrop for the special evening, serving as a platform to express gratitude to those working tirelessly to help the youngest members of our society thrive.
Filmed for broadcast, the service is a collaborative effort between Westminster Abbey, The Royal Foundation, and BBC Studios Events Productions. It will be aired as part of a special program on ITV1 and ITVX on Christmas Eve.
In addition to the Westminster Abbey Service, twelve community carol services will be held across the UK, hosted by Lord-Lieutenants and supported by The Royal Foundation.