It looks like the Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas Charity Concert went off without a hitch, and most of the young royals and the entire Middleton clan, sans Pippa’s husband, came out in support. The appearance of so many young royals was somewhat a surprise, but a welcome sign that the royal family remains united despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s antics.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, (accompanied by husband Prince William) welcomed a large group to Westminster Abbey for a charity Christmas concert, which will be aired on ITV on Christmas Eve at 7:30 pm.
Some of those performing include Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis, and Catherine met with Mia Sneddon, a young girl with cancer who she met earlier this year through the duchess’ photography initiative Hold Still.
According to Hello Magazine, “The Together At Christmas carol service was hosted and spearheaded by the Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, to pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organizations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As the host of the event, the Duchess wore a festive and gorgeous red coat dress with a bow detail from royal favorite, Catherine Walker. Eagle eyed royal watchers will note that the dress looks rather familiar, as she wore the same style for Prince Philip’s funeral. She completed her ensemble with pumps from favorite Gianvito Rossi in red and a simple Miu Miu clutch.
She paired the dress with sapphire and diamond earrings loaned from the Queen, which she first wore in 2015 and were originally owned by the Queen Mother.
But the greatest sign of Catherine’s increasingly influential and prominent position in the royal family wasn’t the priceless earrings—it was the attendance of most of the young royals.
William’s cousin Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi left their three-month-old daughter Sienna at home to attend. Her younger sister Princess Eugenie looked very festive in a beautiful green coat, though sans her husband Jack Brooksbank. Zara Phillips Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, and her husband Mike Tindall also showed up.
Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, made an appearance as well to support her nephew and niece-in-law.
In addition, the entire Middleton family, with the exception of Pippa Middleton husband James Matthews, joined their daughter and sister at the festive occasion.
The whole program was a clear sign of how well the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly called “Waity Katie” by the British tabloids, has been lovingly accepted into the royal family.
As the younger royals greeted William and Catherine, warm hugs and greetings were exchanged all around. After carefully biding her time, making an effort to integrate into her new family and being seemingly being a genuinely good person, Catherine can officially call herself a member of the British royal family.
Not just in name or by marriage, but she is clearly a beloved family member. She has truly been embraced by Prince William’s relatives.
That’s not an easy feat, but she’s done it. This will not only help Catherine as she assumes the role of Queen consort, but surely gives her children a strong family foundation that they can lean on for years to come as the royal cousins already get together so their children can play.
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle and their children will never experience anything like this. Instead of learning how her new family works and building relationships, Meghan came in like a bull in a china shop, destroying everything in her path in her quest to become the star of the royal family.
She and Harry have self-exiled themselves to the shallow world of Hollywood, while the rest of the family is coalescing around their future monarchs.
It’s incredibly encouraging to see, and probably a welcome relief for Catherine, who has proved the naysayers wrong. She will make an incredible Queen.