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- Wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Kate Middleton delighted fans with a surprise piano performance during her Christmas carol service, Royal Carols: Together At Christmas, which aired on ITV last night (24 December 2021).
The Duchess of Cambridge joined musician Tom Walker for a rendition of his Christmas single, 'For Those Who Can’t Be Here', as part of the service at Westminster Abbey.
Kate organised the event to thank those who supported their communities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Opening the concert, she said, "We wanted to say a huge thank you to all those amazing people out there who have supported their communities."
She later added, "Music was 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."
Before the concert aired, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video of Kate sitting down at a piano on their Instagram.
Viewers were delighted by Kate's performance on the piano, with many commenting on the Duke and Duchess's Instagram account to share their praise. One fan wrote, "That was so beautiful Catherine ❤️ a perfect performance by you both!" while another added, "She plays the piano too?!? Now i love her even more ❤️."
Omid Scobie, a journalist at Harper's Bazaar, also pointed out that Kate's surprise performance drew comparisons with Princess Diana's impromptu piano rendition during a January tour of Australia in 1988.
THROWBACK (for the many of you who have tweeted me about this): During a January 1988 tour of Australia, Princess Diana surprised guests at a Melbourne music school with an impromptu piano performance.
(Not so sure about that massively inappropriate kiss from the teacher tho!) pic.twitter.com/3bKfewNIWh
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 24, 2021
Tom Walker, who performed with Kate, also sang her praises, admitting that the Duchess was (understandably) "quite nervous" ahead of the performance, which was recorded earlier this year.
According to Hello!, Tom said, "I think the first rehearsal we did [Kate] was quite nervous because she hadn't played with another musician in a very long time," adding that, "She's got a piano at home but the one that we'd rented in for the day was going to be the same one we were using for the actual service.
"It was completely different to hers, so she was trying to get the feel for that."
Tom continued, "When she turned up for the actual performance, you could really tell she'd gone to town practising because I was shocked at how much better she was. She really invested a lot of time and energy into getting it right and making sure that it was good, so I was really impressed – great musician."
After that performance, we have to agree.
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