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Prince of Wales reads Queen's Christmas message on the 'inspiration' of Christ at carol concert

by Sophie Drew

The Prince of Wales used the Westminster Abbey Christian Carol to reflect on comments made by the late Queen about Christian unity.

The event was organised by the Princess of Wales, with almost all the Royal Family in attendance.

Tributes were paid to Queen Elizabeth II. During the service, Prince William read an extract from a Christmas message she gave in 2012, in which she reflects on the birth of Christ.

She said: “At Christmas I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story.

"A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.

“They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. From that day on he has inspired people to commit themselves to the best interests of others.”

Led by the Dean of Westminster, the service was held in recognition of worthy individuals and families dedicating themselves to tremendous causes across the country.

Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams OBE read Luke 2:1-7 and Actress Dame Kristen Scott Thomas DBE read Michael Guite’s poem, Refugee. Actor Hugh Bonneville read an extract from Paddington’s Christmas Post.

The Dean read John 1: 1-5, 14 and also gave a reflection.

(Photos courtesy of Reuters)

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