Kate Middleton has shown her musical talent publicly for the first time.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave her first-ever public piano performance for the Royal Carols: Together at Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey, which was broadcasted in the U.K. on Christmas Eve. She accompanied Scottish singer Tom Walker on his song "For Those Who Can't Be Here."
Duchess Kate also shared the clip of her performance on her and Prince William's official Instagram. In the video, Kate wears a festive red Catherine Walker coat dress adorned with a bow and buttons down the front, as she plays the Abbey's Chapter House.
According to a royal source, the surprise performance was the duchess's idea, as she learned the piano as a child and has taken "great comfort" in playing piano throughout the pandemic, per People. She also reached out to Walker because his song "struck a chord" with her, and suggested herself to accompany him.
"Music was very important to the Duchess during the lockdowns," says the royal source. "She also recognizes the powerful way in which music brings people together — especially during difficult times. For these reasons, she was keen to be part of Tom's performance in this way."
Like many families around the world, Prince William and Duchess Kate had to change their holiday plans recently after Queen Elizabeth canceled the royal family's traditional Christmas Day gathering at Sandringham. They acknowledged the circumstances in a personal Christmas message shared on social media, signed with their initials "W & C."
"This Christmas will be different to what so many of us had planned. From those who are alone or having to isolate away from loved ones, to the incredible people supporting our NHS and caring for those most in need – we are thinking of you," the message reads.
Watch Duchess Kate and Tom Walker's full performance below: