With London and most of the country now firmly in full Tier Three swing, Christmas as we know it is set to be a little different this year.
To bring a little festive joy to our homes this yuletide season, Historic Royal Palaces, the charity entrusted to look after the UK’s finest former Royal palaces, is inviting all those yearning to hear a hymn or two to join a special online only broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols from the legendary Royal chapels in the heart of Hampton Court Palace and Her Majesty’s Tower of London.
Usually reserved to a lucky few, Christmas Carols from the Palaces opens the doors of the Royal chapels to a global audience for the very first time. Services will feature readings from Historic Royal Palaces staff, along with representatives of organisations supported through the charity’s community engagement programme. HRP’s chief curator Tracy Borman and the Tower of London’s chief yeoman warder, the Right Reverend the Bishop of London and the actor David Suchet are also set to attend.
The free-to-view show commences at precisely 6pm, with musicians performing some of the most beloved hymns and carols, including O Little Town of Bethlehem and Once in Royal David’s City.
Christmas Carols from the Palaces will be available to stream worldwide on Monday 21 December at 6pm here. The broadcast will then be available to view until midnight on 4 January.