Royal Christmas Carol Service to take place at Westminster Abbey

Friday, 4th November 2022

The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, on the pavement outside the Abbey with choir singers in the background. Christmas trees are behind the singers

The Princess of Wales will return to Westminster Abbey to host a special Christmas carol service on Thursday 15th December.

The service will recognise the selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK, and highlight the remarkable impact that coming together to support others can have for us all.

Spearheaded by The Princess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the carol service will celebrate and showcase the joy that human connection can bring by:

  • forging friendships and strengthening communities
  • creating legacies of humility and kindness
  • providing relief and comfort in times of difficulty or loss

The service will combine both traditional and modern elements, aiming to appeal to people of all faiths and none.

Tribute to Elizabeth II

Attended by members of the Royal Family, this year’s service will also pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the values she demonstrated at Christmas time and throughout her life, including empathy, compassion and support for others. These principles are shared and personified by the inspirational guests who have been invited to the Abbey from across the UK in recognition of their tireless efforts to help and care for those around them.

The carol service will see Westminster Abbey filled with festive decorations, providing a beautiful Christmas backdrop from which the world-renowned Abbey Choir will perform some of the nation’s most beloved carols, alongside a number of captivating musical performances and poignant readings delivered by a range of special guests.

How to watch

The service will be broadcast on ITV One in the UK on Christmas Eve.

This year's Royal carol service has been developed and delivered in partnership with Westminster Abbey and BBC Studios Events Productions.