Kate Middleton will be hosting a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

The festive event will take place on Wednesday 8 December, with the Duchess of Cambridge, who will turn 40 in January, celebrating the Covid-19 heroes during the pandemic as she reflects on the past eighteen months.

The news was confirmed by Kate and Prince William's Instagram account on Tuesday morning, where it was revealed ITV would broadcast the service.

Alongside an image of the invites that are being sent out to guests, the post read: "This Christmas we are celebrating the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who go above and beyond to support their communities."

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The caption continued: "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."

The stunning invites feature a big "C" in gold letters with a matching gold crown on top of it. The rest is written in traditional black italic font.

Invites will be sent out to charity workers, teachers, volunteers, as well as vulnerable and isolated guests from our communities.

Westminster Abbey choir will sing carols at the service, and there will be readings and musical performances from a variety of other guests.

It has yet to be confirmed whether Kate and William's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be at the carol service.

Royal fans were delighted to learn the news, with one person commenting: "Wow, what an absolute joy! Something we can all look forward too, thank you."

Another wrote: "How fabulous the Christmas Carol Service in the Westminster Abbey will be. Can't wait to see it on television."

A third: "This is such a great way to celebrate amazing people and organisations!!! I'm so excited and I can't wait to watch the carol service."

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