Saturday 23 December 2023

Kate Hosts Festive Tea for 'Together at Christmas'

 Good evening, dear readers,

With Christmas firmly upon us, Kensington Palace shared three photos from a festive tea party the Princess hosted last month in London as part of plans for 'Together at Christmas'. Footage from the tea will feature in the carol concert tomorrow night. Kate broke quite early this year for Christmas holidays. In lieu of traditional engagements, we've very much seen the carol concert take centre stage as the focal point of the Waleses' December schedule.

A Palace spokesperson shared: "Three inspiring people making a real difference to the lives of young people. It was so lovely to join Rico, Arwyen, Jenson, Poppy, Henry and George for a special surprise celebration for the people in their lives who have helped shape them. Russell, Ray and Brenda, it was a pleasure to meet you!"

People reports:

'So, at the Christmas party, Kate learned more about how the adults are making incredible contributions to raising the next generation.

One of those was Ray, who comes from a familiar place for the Princess — he works as a music therapist at East Anglia's Children's Hospices, of which she has been a patron since she started in her public life more than a decade ago. Ray has helped support the family of Henry, 10, (who joined the party with his brother George, 12) who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at 18 months old.

The Princess of Wales also spent time with Brenda, who is a retired mental health nurse from Sussex in southern England. She volunteers in local schools helping children like Jenson, 8, who Kate met, develop new skills like reading through the local intergenerational program.'

This year's service was organised to "thank those who are supporting the very youngest members of our society during those crucial early years”.


 The Telegraph writes:

'The Princess met 13-year-old Rico and Russell Gray, the Manchester football coach who helped to build his confidence

“Christmas is a time when we come together and celebrate the birth of a newborn baby,” she will say.

“The arrival of every baby is a precious and momentous time, it brings us together to reflect on new beginnings and brings hope for the future.

“Throughout our earliest interactions, relationships and experiences, with those who love us, even before we are born, we lay the foundations to so much of what that future will depend on.

“But only by valuing and supporting the vital role of the adults in a child’s world can we hope to make a difference.”

She added: “This is not just making a difference to children today, it will go on to shape a happier, healthier, fairer world in the future.”'

The Princess wore the seasonal red Miu Miu cardigan she debuted ahead of the 2021 carol concert. This year, she teamed the piece with matching red trousers.

The sold out £1,350 piece is described as: "Miu Miu's cardigan is made from cashmere with a diamond pattern and tactile bobbles. It also has a detachable cotton collar and is jacquard-woven with black and white roses. Match the lustrous mother-of-pearl buttons to your earrings."

Royal Carols: Together at Christmas will air on ITV tomorrow evening at 7.45 pm. In preparation for the event, Kensington Palace, shared a darling childhood photo of Kate with the caption, "Sharing some festive memories this Christmas because Shaping Us is all about the vital importance of our early years and the role played by those around us in shaping the rest of our lives."

I very much hope to be able to share a YouTube link for the concert in the Christmas Day post covering the annual walk to Sandringham on Monday. For those enquiring about the annual pre-Christmas luncheon, it was held again this year at Windsor Castle. Last year, the Waleses were not in attendance as they decamped to Anmer early. According to the Telegraph, they were in Windsor for the event this year, but we didn't see any arrival/departure images because they live on the estate. There's also growing talk of a short official trip to Rome in the spring. It will mark the couple's first joint trip on behalf of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in two years. It will be officially confirmed in due course.

Until we chat again on Christmas Day, I hope all your plans are coming along nicely. If, like your faithful scribe, you still have much to get organised or are spending an evening immersed in wrapping paper and gift bags, pour a glass of your favourite drink, turn up the festive tunes, and fear not, we still have Christmas Eve for all those last-minute tasks :)

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26 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Charlotte and the to the rest of CK family!

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  2. Thank you, Charlotte, for your time during busy holidays! :)

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  3. This was a lovely thing to do. The Princess looks beautiful and very happy with her company, very good company I might add. I'm looking forward to the carol service tomorrow night. I have a nice bottle of red Selected. George definitely has the Mittleton genes. I hope Santa remembers that dinosaur that caught his eye. Charlotte, very good advice at the end of your post. I would suggest if still wrapping gifts this late just grab a bottle and stay strong.🀣. Charlotte I would also like to wish you and your Husband and families a very happy Christmas and New year. Same message to the readers here and to those who have lost loved ones this year, make the most of the day and remember the love ye shared. I go to the graves a few days before Christmas with flowers. I have found it helpful to set aside maybe 30 minutes of the day, just to reflect, remember them or light a candle and say a prayer. Please God 2024 will be remembered as a year of peace.πŸ™.. S.πŸ™‚.

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  4. Well, the cardigan's rather twee for my tastes, and I've probably bored a number of people with my unimpressed views of the "Shaping Us" project, so I won't comment further. However, I am quite interested in a trip to Rome, where I lived for a while and which I visit often. I do hope this trip comes off!

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    1. Vittoria, I look forward to your comments. I would love to have your perspective on what they visit and what you would add. I was surprised that they are going to Rome -- I guess I think of countries with similar royal families. I admit that the latest visits from Kate were not terribly exciting as to venue, so Italy is very exciting. I may be in a permanently angry mood now because of the dismal situations in the world. It so saddens me how people are treated. If we could have some peace, I would be so grateful.

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    2. What a lovely Merry Christmas message from you.
      Dd

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    3. Dd, lol. re your 9:56 comment.

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  5. Dear Charlotte, a very Merry Christmas to you and your family, and all your followers. It looks we are in for a rainy and cool Christmas here which I don't mind at all.
    Thank you for this lovely post, and all your work throughout the year. I think the Princess looks fabulous in red and I love the look for this event. We watched last year's concert in the Abbey last night, broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corp and it was beautiful. Hope we get this year's a little earlier😊

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  6. Thanks Charlotte! This is such a festive sweater and she looks lovely. What a nice addition to the concert. Merry Christmas! Sue from IL

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  7. Nice little event and seasonal red outfit. Looks like Kate tucked the collar in this time.

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    1. I agree Trickymum. A very nice event and a terrific seasonal outfit. The red cardigan sweater looks so pretty on Kate. A put-together outfit that suits Kate and the occasion. I prefer the hint of white collar, as she has styled it this year, rather than the Peter Pan collar she wore it with last year. I feel that Peter Pan collars are better suited to young girls than to adult women. Maybe that's just me.

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  8. Thank you for this post. She looks very Christmassy! I'm really looking forward to seeing what she wears tomorrow. I'd love to see the 2019 coat again.

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  9. Lucky you who have the Christmas Eve for all the last-minute tasks! πŸ˜„ For us, in Poland, the Christmas Eve Supper is in fact the more important than the Christmas Day and sometimes starts really early. This year with my big family of 27 we gather at 3 pm! Just to make sure that even the babies we'll be able to participate and some of us we'll have enough time to joint another leg of the family. Metry Christmas! Zofia

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    1. There is a fun Norwegian series on Netflix called “Home for Christmas” that shows the importance of the Christmas Eve dinner. Perhaps Norway and Poland are similar in this regard? In Ireland we celebrate St. Stephen’s Day on December 26. This means more Christmas food and drink.but no gift giving.

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    2. Since everyone else is being too kind to say so …K’s red pants and cardigan make her look like Santa Claus! No bad thing as Santa is much loved but a little too much red for my taste.
      Thank you Charlotte for all your wonderful posts, I really enjoy reading them.


      - celticgirl

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  10. I would very much love to wish all the fellow readers very happy festive days. And to Charlotte, thank you for your amazing coverage of the princess!
    Happy to see MiuMiu sweater again and I am curious about the red pants and I hope to see more of the ensemble. Can't wait for tomorrow to see the family walkabout.
    Ella

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  11. Charlotte thank you for this little treat, a bit of a rest in between my tasks. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and to all the readers who celebrate

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  12. Merry Christmas, Charlotte! I hope you have a lovely, relaxing holiday and thank you for wonderful chronicling throughout the year.

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  13. I listened to Adam Lambert's performance at the concert. I don't know how a California boy ended up on the royal list, other than the fact his incredible talent has sent him around the world. When he was first on American Idol, I was struck by his voice, his kindness, and his persona. His contribution to the concert was gorgeous, as always.

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  14. Thanks heaps Charlotte for great coverage. I can’t read comments anymore as I hate negativity. I’m battling to survive from cancer and find that there is too much negativity in the world. My philosophy on life as I struggle is if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t speak. The world is full enough of hate, war and crimes so why can’t we just be nice.
    Catherine as usual looks stunning and more importantly she is a lovely women who has so much love and compassion to offer.
    Dd

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    1. Sending you best wishes as you face health challenges. All the best to you.

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    2. Dd, sending you multiple healing prayers as you go through your cancer journey. I had my own diagnosis this year myself and have gone through two breast cancer surgeries, etc, etc. I totally agree with you about the negative comments. In some cases, they are so petty and nitpicky and some commenters never have a nice word say. The world we live in absolutely NEEDS less negativity.

      I hope you have been given much love and many support opportunities in your journey. I find for me, the emotional impact of everything that has happened is taking the longest to heal. Please know people care about you. Take care,

      Border Terrier lover

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    3. Dd, thank you so much for reminding us on what is really important in life! Your wise words about negativity, not reading comments anymore and only speaking up when there is something nice to say have inspired me for my New Year resolutions.
      All the best to you, wishing you health, love and happiness!
      Susanne from Austria

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  15. Jennifer from Canada25 December 2023 at 12:44

    Merry Christmas to all, and Seasons Greetings. Thank you acharlotte for all you do!

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  16. A belated Merry Christmas to you and your families. Love the blog, thank you

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