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Exclusive: Princess Kate requested sweet detail in Christmas Carol invite in tribute to the Queen

The event will take place at Westminster Abbey

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Phoebe Tatham
Content Writer
7 November 2022
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The Princess of Wales made a special change to her Christmas Carol invite in tribute to the late Queen, it has been revealed.

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Speaking exclusively to London-based illustrator Aurelie Baudry Palmer – the artist behind the festive invitation – the team at HELLO! discovered how Princess Kate requested a touching amendment at the eleventh hour.

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Paying tribute to her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, the Princess of Wales specifically asked Aurelie to incorporate Her Majesty's favourite dog breed, Corgis

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The artist revealed: "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. It was definitely a 'pinch-me' moment when they got in touch!

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Princess Kate announced the news on Friday 

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

Blown away by the positive feedback, Aurelie 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."

Princess Kate at last years concert© Photo: Getty Images

Members of the royal family at last year's carol concert

Princess Kate shared details of her upcoming carol concert last week. She made the announcement via social media and included a timelapse video of Aurelie's stunning artwork. Above the drawing, she included the caption: "A date for your diary this December. And you can join us for this very special Carol Service @ITV on Christmas Eve."

The celebratory event held on Thursday December 15 will honour the values Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated throughout her life.

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Members of the Royal family will be among those attending, alongside guests ranging from those involved in grassroots community projects, charity workers and volunteers, to emergency responders and armed forces personnel, ITV said.

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