The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a carol service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate those who have supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. And St Anne’s was lucky enough to be invited! Shelley and Mimi attended, and found themselves in the front row for the service, also attended by Prince William, Princess Beatrice and the Countess of Wessex.

Writing in the order of service, the Duchess, who dressed in vivid red for the occasion and wore sapphire and diamond earrings on loan from the Queen, said:

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us all with countless and previously unimaginable challenges. We have lost loved ones, seen our frontline workers placed under immeasurable pressure, and we have experienced heart-wrenching isolation from those we hold most dear.

Alongside this, we have seen how communities have come together to support those most in need. And through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all. Just how much we need one another. And how loving and feeling a sense of belonging to one another can provide comfort in tough times. The importance of simply being together.

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.’

It was a great privilege for us to be there to represent our wonderful team of volunteers, and our many clients. Thanks to our friends at the Co Op for putting us forward – it truly was a day to remember.

The Duchess’s Together at Christmas service will be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm – look out for Shelley – also in a bright red coat!