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HISTORY: The song service took place last week and aired on Saturday (December 24).

King Charles, accompanied by Queen Consort Camilla, joined his son Prince William, Kate and other family members at the Abbey, where the late Queen Elizabeth’s funeral took place in September.

Kate, who is William’s wife and became Princess of Wales after Charles ascended the throne, hosted the event and dedicated it to Queen Elizabeth and “all those who are sadly no longer with us”.

“So while Christmas will be very different this year, we can still remember the memories and traditions we share,” Kate said in her introduction to the service. Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.

“Her Majesty held Christmas close to her heart as a time that brought people together and reminded us of the importance of faith, friendship and family, as well as showing compassion and empathy,” he said.

The family presented a united front to the service on December 15, the same day that the final episodes of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s Netflix documentary series were released.

Harry, who will step down from royal duties in 2020, sparked fresh criticism of his family in the series, including accusing his older brother William of shouting at him during a summit to discuss his future.


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