Kate is eyeing a festive special that will honor the Queen

Kate shared a photo on Twitter before hosting the service on Thursday (Image: Prince and Princess of Wales/BBC)

The Princess of Wales has shared a festive behind-the-scenes snap ahead of her carol service which will pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Kate looks ready for Christmas as she poses in a red sequin dress in front of a Christmas tree, with two presents peeking out behind her.

She will host the ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Thursday night – hours after the final three episodes of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series air.

In the first half of the show, the couple shared their love story and spoke out about their difficult relationship with the press and the royal family’s response to racist articles about Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex claimed royal men are tempted to “marry someone for style”, rather than for love, and said Meghan “doesn’t have a father”.

Meanwhile, the Duchess revealed that the “formality” of the Royal Family often goes on behind closed doors, saying “bad” stories were “planted” in the press ahead of her wedding.

The royals have remained tight-lipped about the controversial release, brushing it off with “no comment”.

Senior members of the family are set to stand together in a united front on Thursday, with the king, queen consort, Prince William and other members to support Kate.

HRH The Princess of Wales in front of Westminster Abbey carol service recorded on Thursday 15th December

The service will pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Prince and Princess of Wales)

STRICT IMAGE: FOR PUBLICATION FROM SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2022 From BBC Studios ROYAL CAROLS: TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS Saturday 24 December 2022 on ITV 1 Pictured: HRH The Princess of Wales The Princess of Wales returns to service Christmas carols on Thursday 15 December, for to recognize the selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK, and to highlight the remarkable impact that coming together to support others can have.  Led by The Princess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the carol service will celebrate and showcase the joy that human connection can bring: forging friendships and strengthening communities, creating legacies of humility and kindness, while providing relief and comfort in difficult times or loss.  The service will combine both traditional and modern elements, reaching people of all faiths and none.  Attended by members of the Royal Family, this year's service will also pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the values ​​she displayed throughout her life, including empathy, compassion and support for others.  These principles are shared and personified by the 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.  The Carol Service will see Westminster Abbey filled with festive decorations, providing a beautiful Christmas backdrop from which the world-renowned Abbey Choir will perform some of the nation's best-loved carols, alongside a range of captivating musical performances and poignant readings delivered by a range of special guests.  (C) The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales This photograph is (C) The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales and may only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the program or event mentioned herein.  Once made available by the ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph may only be reproduced once until transfer [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged.  Any subsequent use may incur a fee.  This image must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a way that alters the visual appearance of the person photographed which is considered harmful or inappropriate by the ITV plc Picture Desk.  This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of the ITV Picture Desk.  Full terms and conditions are available on the website www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

Kate smiles in a red sequin dress (Image: BBC)

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The carol service, called “Royal Carols: Together At Christmas”, will “recognise the selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK”.

It is also set to “highlight the remarkable impact that coming together to support others can have for us all”.

“This year’s carol service is dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the values ​​Her Majesty demonstrated throughout her life, including duty, empathy, faith, service, kindness, compassion and support for others,” said information released last week.

‘Poignant’ readings will be delivered by speakers including The Prince of Wales, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Hugh Bonneville and Kadeena Cox.

It is the royal family’s first Christmas without their matriarch, the Queen, who died aged 96 in September after a 70-year reign.

Many prominent family members will spend Christmas at Sandringham, the late Queen’s country home in Norfolk.

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