Kate Middleton's carol concert features a sweetest nod to the Queen

What a lovely gesture!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (wearing Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings) attends the 'Together at Christmas' community carol service at Westminster Abbey on December 8, 2021 in London, England. The carol service, hosted and spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, pays tribute to the work of individuals and organisations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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We were so excited to hear that Princess Kate is hosting her Carol Concert at Westminster Abbey again this year, but obviously nowhere near as excited as the people who were actually invited to the special event on 15 December.

The lucky attendees are comprised of "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," according to the official event announcement.

These guests all received an absolutely beautiful invitation, which was drawn specially by illustrator Aurelie Baudry Palmer, and eagle-eyed royal fans were quick to notice that the invite includes two little corgis on their way to the Abbey.

This, of course, is a beautiful tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth, who was a lifelong lover of the dog breed. It was apparently a special request from the Princess of Wales to honour her grandmother-in-law.

"It was such an honour to be approached by Kensington Palace to illustrate the announcement for the Princess of Wales' carol service at Westminster Abbey," Aurelie told Hello!.

"It was definitely a 'pinch-me' moment when they got in touch!

"This commission was a fairly quick turnaround, and I also wanted to leave plenty of time for feedback — like the addition of corgis!"

She added: "I'm over the moon my work has been shared so widely, and also to play a small part in such a thoughtful community carol concert.

"I worked on the illustration over three days, filming as I drew and showing the progress to the Kensington Palace's team as I went along to make sure I was on the right track. It certainly took a few hours... a little longer than the beautiful 22-second clip that was put together afterwards."

The clip in question is the timelapse Kate shared on social media of Aurelie putting together the invitation.

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Kate, then the Duchess of Cambridge, hosted the Carol Concert for the first time last year. During the service, she even mucked in with the performers by accompanying singer Tom Walker on the piano. 

We hope she participates like this again this year!

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.