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Princess Kate pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in teaser for Christmas carol show and shares what the royal family loved about the holiday season

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A bittersweet season. Princess Kate paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a special holiday message, revealing what the monarch loved most about Christmas. “Her Majesty leaves us with an incredible legacy and one that has deeply inspired many of us,” the Princess of Wales, 40, said in a video uploaded to her and Prince William’s joint Instagram account on Thursday, Dec. promoting their Royal Carols: Together on Christmas broadcast. Kate performed her second annual carol concert at Westminster Abbey on 15 December, which was taped to air in the UK on Christmas Eve. “This year we invited hundreds of inspiring people to the service,” she added. “Those that showcase the power of connection and community values, allowing us to continue Her Majesty’s tradition of recognizing and thanking those who have gone out of their way to support others.” Princess Kate and Queen Elizabeth II. Kensington Palace; Geoff Robinson/Shutterstock In the caption, the Duchess said that she was “thrilled” to be continuing the holiday tradition once again. “This year’s service is dedicated to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all those who are sadly no longer with us,” the written message continued. “While Christmas looks very different this year, we can still remember the memories and traditions we shared. Take time to slow down and celebrate with family and friends all the wonderful things that make Christmas so special.” Another glimpse of the broadcast showed Kate remembering the Queen’s favorite parts of the holiday season. “Her Majesty held Christmas close to her heart, as a time that brought people together and reminded us of the importance of faith, friendship and family, and of showing empathy and compassion,” she recalled. Elizabeth was Britain’s longest-serving monarch before her death at the age of 96 in September. Shortly before passing away, the royal matriarch celebrated her historic Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne. King Charles III immediately assumed his rightful place as monarch upon his mother’s death, with William, 40, now first in line to succeed him. As Christmas Day approaches, the royals are still mourning the great loss of their family. “It will be extremely sad not to have the Queen there,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively of the family’s holiday celebrations. 🇧🇷[She] I wouldn’t want them to moan or let that stop everyone getting together and enjoying the occasion. in her speech and privately within the family,” according to the source. “They will share fond memories, raise glasses and probably give speeches about the wonderful life and legacy she left behind.” According to the source, “There is a shared commitment among the entire family to remain true to [Elizabeth’s] values ​​and continue the wonderful work she has done during her time as monarch.” Buckingham Palace confirmed earlier this month that the royals will gather at Sandringham Church for their annual Christmas Day service. The Queen’s Norfolk estate , England, has been the traditional host of the holidays for decades It’s unclear whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will join in the festivities in the UK after stepping down from their senior royal duties in 2020. parents-in-law during the couple’s Netflix documentary series, Harry & Meghan. “At dinner I sat next to H’s grandfather and I thought it was so wonderful,” Meghan recalled in Episode 3, referring to the late Prince Philip. Like, ‘Oh, we talked and it was great and I talked about that and talked about it.’ 🇧🇷 [Harry] was like, ‘You had [his] bad ear. He couldn’t hear anything you said. I was like, ‘Oh, well, I thought it went really well.'”