Prince William and Kate Middleton praise carers and the NHS in Christmas Day message

Prince William and Kate Middleton have shared a Christmas message to mark a day “different to what so many of us had planned”.

The Cambridges, both 39, are remaining in Norfolk for the festive season following the Queen’s decision to cancel the Royals’ traditional Sandringham Christmas for the second year running.

Their message, shared on Twitter, read: “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. W & C.”

William, Kate and their three children will be joined at Anmer Hall by members of the Duchess’s family, including her parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

Meanwhile, the Queen, 95, is remaining at Windsor, where she’ll be joined by a small selection of family members including Prince Andrew.

This Christmas is the Queen’s first without Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 in April.

The Monarch is set to pay tribute to her husband in her annual address and she will be seen next to a desk featuring a single picture of herself and Philip.

In a picture released by Buckingham Palace earlier this week, the Queen can be seen wearing a wool shift dress in 'Christmas red', by her senior dresser Angela Kelly, accessorised with her sapphire chrysanthemum brooch.

Kate and William’s Norfolk Christmas comes after the Duchess showed off her piano skills with a surprise performance during the Royal Carol Concert. Which aired on Christmas Eve.

Kate was seen playing piano as Tom Walker sang his heartfelt track For Those Who Can't Be Here.

The mum of three gained her grade three piano and grade five theory, and she was taught by Daniel Nicholls, beginning at age 11.

The piano tutor has since been in high demand due to teaching Kate, and he once told the BBC: "It's bizarre but it's fun. There are a lot of telephone calls and camera crews."

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