If you have been following Kate for a long time, the Christmas Carol service at St. Luke's is an old favorite. Although the origins of the event are certainly tragic, it was a highlight of the Kate-Middleton-Spotting-Scene before she became a Duchess and regular international cover girl. Kate has not been back since her marriage, but as patrons, and close friends of the deceased Harry van Straubenzee, William and Harry are faithfully present, as is Carole, and often Pippa. Tonight, Carole and Pippa both made an appearance!
Both these lovely royal-in-laws look fantastic! I love Carole's forest green ensemble. It looks like she is wearing Aquatalia's "Rouge" booties, which are long-time Kate favorites.
Also, notice that she has a manicure in some autumnal shade, perhaps deep aubergine?
Is Carole also toting Chanel?
Roya Nikkah is a faithful correspondent of the night and she tweeted some snaps of the program and gave a brief account, although her full write-up will doubtless be in The Times, so look for that!
The Christmas Carol program at St. Luke's began seven years ago. Here in 2009, Kate pulled her weight, lighting candles before the event, helping with refreshments, and cleaning up afterward.
Kate has attended other events benefitting the charity, here she is in 2008 attending an evening for the Henry van Straubenzee charity at Wilton Music Hall:
And a shot from inside the event that Harry, William, Beatrice and other royals attended:
The last time we saw Kate at St. Luke's was on December 2, 2010, exactly five years ago tonight. She took a break from planning her royal wedding to attend the evening and was snapped leaving in the gently falling snow.
Henry van Straubenzee's family is very close to the royals and he was a good friend of William and Harry. He was tragically killed in an auto accident. The Evening Standard ran a tribute to him in 2012:
Alex van Straubenzee, lying in bed next to his wife Claire, answered. It was the headmaster of Ludgrove Prep School, where their son Henry was teaching for a term before heading off to what was supposed to be the more dangerous part of his gap-year adventure, working at a bush school in Uganda."Your Henry's gone," the headmaster said. Alex asked him what he could possibly mean, but Claire, quicker than her husband to emerge from their joint state of semi-consciousness, answered the question for him as the awful realisation swept over her. "He's dead," she said simply.
The family launched the Memorial Fund and directed the focus on Uganda. For the royals, it's a lovely night to pay tribute to dear friend and his family, to support a cause they share in common, and to celebrate the Christmas season.