Kate Middleton delivers heartfelt thank you to those helping babies and young children at carol service

The Princess of Wales is set to deliver a heartfelt thanks to all those helping babies and young children "feel safe, valued and loved" in a video message introducing her televised carol service.

The 41 year old hosted her Together At Christmas event at Westminster Abbey on December 8, where she welcomed her own family, members of the monarchy, plus inspiring individuals to celebrate their support of children and families.

For those hoping to catch the special on TV, it will be broadcast on Christmas Eve on ITV1 as part of the programme Royal Carols: Together At Christmas. Kate's Christmas event will also feature additional material including films emphasising the importance of early childhood and contributions from celebrities like Rio and Kate Ferdinand and Dame Sheila Hancock.

Kate will say in her highly anticipated message: "Christmas is a time when we come together and celebrate the birth of a newborn baby.

"The arrival of every baby is a precious and momentous time, it brings us together to reflect on new beginnings and brings hope for the future.

"Throughout our earliest interactions, relationships and experiences, with those who love us, even before we are born, we lay the foundations to so much of what that future will depend on.

"But only by valuing and supporting the vital role of the adults in a child’s world can we hope to make a difference.

"And so tonight's guests have been invited in recognition of their support of our youngest children, as we shine a spotlight on the critical role they play in nurturing and raising the future generation."

Kate then addressed parents, carers, early educators, health visitors and community volunteers to thank them for all they do "in helping the very youngest members of our communities, feel safe, valued and loved.

"This is not just making a difference to children today, it will go on to shape a happier, healthier, fairer world in the future," she concluded.

Supporting Kate at the carol service was her husband, William, 41, and their three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five. Not to mention the 1,500 guests made up of midwives, nursery teachers and baby bank volunteers.

The highlight of the show was a poignant musical tribute paid to John Lennon and George Michael – with the concert held 43 years to the day the former Beatle was shot dead.

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier played Wham!'s hit Last Christmas on Lennon's upright piano, which was owned by the group's singer George Michael and loaned by his estate.

Broadcaster Roman Kemp, the son of Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp and former Wham! backing singer Shirlie Kemp, introduced Collier and talked about the role George Michael, who was his godfather, played in his life.

Elsewhere in the sea of stars, Oscar winner Jim Broadbent read an extract from Letters From Father Christmas by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, while singers Beverley Knight and Adam Lambert performed.

Royal Carols: Together At Christmas will be screen at 7.45pm on ITV1 and ITV X on Christmas Eve.

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