A surprise royal musician at Kate’s carol concert! Duchess hints she will give first ever public piano performance during festive broadcast

  • New clip of Kate Middleton, 39, ahead of her Christmas carol service released 
  • Duchess of Cambridge can be seen sitting at a piano in Westminster Abbey 
  • Mother-of-three learnt the instrument as a child and also played the flute 
  • The Duchess has never performed the piano in public before 

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to give her first ever public piano performance during her Christmas carol concert, which is to be broadcast tonight.

Kate Middleton, 39, who is set to spend the festive weekend at her Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, is preparing for the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas one-hour television special which will be broadcast on ITV on tonight at 7.30pm.

In a new clip released on Instagram this morning, the mother-of-three walks up to a piano at Westminster Abbey before taking a seat and beginning to play. 

While the video was uploaded to the app without any sound, the caption hinted that royal fans could be treated to a performance by the mother-of-three during the broadcast tonight.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is set to give her first ever public piano performance during her Christmas carol concert, which is to be broadcast tonight

Alongside the piano and musical note emoji, it read: ‘Tonight. @ITV. 7:30pm. #TogetherAtChristmas.’

The Duchess played the instrument as a child, achieving Grade 3 in the instrument, but has never performed in public.  

Ahead of the royal wedding in 2011, her piano teacher previously revealed how she was a ‘good’ player.

Daniel Nicholls taught the Duchess to play the piano, along with her mother Carole, sister Pippa, and brother James.  

In the short clip, Kate Middleton walks up to a piano at Westminster Abbey before taking a seat and beginning to play 

While the video was uploaded to the app without any sound, the caption hinted that royal fans could be treated to a performance by the mother-of-three during the broadcast tonight

At  the time, he said: ‘Kate came for lessons when she was about 10 or 11, until she was 13, about 1993 to 95.

‘She was absolutely lovely, a really delightful person to teach the piano. I actually taught the whole family except Mike – Carole, Pippa and James, and again they were just absolutely lovely people, normal piano pupils.’

At the time, he said: ‘I don’t think anyone would say she was going to be a concert pianist, but she was good at it, she always did everything she was told.’

After learning piano, Kate also turned to flute, which she played until the age of 18 in the school’s orchestra.

Kate devised the carol service – which proved to be a family affair with several members of the royal family attending – to thank those who have gone above and beyond to support people during the pandemic

She was also in a senior flute group called Tootie-Flooties with her sister Pippa. 

Kate devised the carol service – which proved to be a family affair with several members of the royal family attending – to thank those who have gone above and beyond to support people during the pandemic and celebrate the small but never insignificant acts of kindness that have been witness across the nation over the last two years. 

It has been developed with BBC Studios Events Productions but will be broadcast on ITV. 

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.  

The royals (pictured) appeared to be in deep concentration as they sang along to the festive tunes in photographs taken during the one-hour festive special, Royal Carols: Together at Christmas, which will be broadcast on ITV on Christmas Eve

They were joined by a host of royal family members, including the Countess of Wessex, 55, Princess Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured), Princess Eugenie, 31, and Zara and Mike Tindall

In her recorded introduction message the Duchess reveals she chose Westminster Abbey for the service because ‘it’s a place that’s really special to William and me’. The couple married there in 2011.

Kate and Prince William were joined at the service by a host of royal family members, including the Countess of Wessex, 55, Princess Beatrice, 33, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, 31, and Zara and Mike Tindall. 

The Duchess’ parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings James and Pippa, were also in attendance at the event.  

The Together At Christmas carol service was attended by ‘unsung heroes’ from across the UK in recognition of their ‘inspirational’ efforts to protect and care for those around them.

Nominations were drawn from local Lieutenancies, 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 met and spent time with during their recent engagements and project work were also present, alongside armed forces personnel who were involved in Operation Pitting – airlifting families out of Kabul – young carers and faith leaders.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured centre) cut an elegant figure as she stepped out for the carol service in London

‘We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for all they’ve done in bringing people together and supporting their communities,’ Kate added.

Introducing star performers including Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis, Tom Walker and the Westminster Abbey choir, Kate added that music had been ‘so important to me during the pandemic as I think it was to so many people too’.

‘But above all it’s about celebrating the goodwill, the acts of kindness, love, empathy, and compassion to help people come through these difficult times,’ she added.

The service also incorporates readings delivered by The Duke of Cambridge, British Paralympian and junior doctor Kim Daybell, actor Tom Felton, and presenter Kate Garraway, in addition to a performance of To The Day, a poignant composition written for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay. 

The Together At Christmas carol service was developed and delivered in partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions and will be broadcast on Christmas Eve on ITV at 7.30pm

 

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