Kate Middleton’s ‘beautiful’ performance with Tom Walker praised by ITV viewers

Royal Carols: Together At Christmas viewers have gushed overKate Middleton’s musical skills in light of The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, playing the piano alongside Tom Walker as he sang his Christmas song, For Those Who Can't Be Here.

The festive episode aired on ITV tonight, Friday 24 December, and featured performances from Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding and a performance of To The Day – a composition created for the service by poet and writer Lemn Sissay – as well as Kate.

The Duchess’ performance wasteased before the episode aired, but viewers were left pleasantly surprised by her talent.

One person tweeted: “As if we couldn’t love Kate Middleton any more! She played the piano beautifully.”

Another wrote: “Absolutely fair play to #KateMiddleton for playing the piano there!”

A third viewer penned: “Kate Middleton playing the piano is not something I thought I needed,” followed with a heart-eye emoji.

Another person wrote while applauding the Duchess: “Kate playing the piano! Bravo”.

Prior to their performance which was recorded at the service earlier this month, Leave A Light On singer Tom Walker branded their duet as “a once-in-a-lifetime experience”.

“I thought she absolutely smashed the performance; it's not easy to just jump behind a piano with a bunch of musicians you've never played with before and record live takes to camera, but she completely nailed it,” Tom said, as perPEOPLE.

“She's such a lovely, kind and warm-hearted person and she took the time to thank everyone personally for the opportunity to play together. It was a crazy pinch-yourself kind of day for me, to be in such a beautiful venue playing alongside the Duchess with my band and a string quartet. I certainly won't forget that in a hurry!"

It’s believed the idea to perform with Tom was Kate’s own idea after she met the singer in October at a The Forward Trust event where Tom was performing.

Reportedly Kate also suggested Tom played For Those Who Can't Be Here as it had "such pertinence for so many this year”.

Kate herself has previously spoken of howshe turned to music as a source of comfortover the course of the pandemic.

While Tom thinks Kate “smashed it”, Kate’s childhood teacher once said the now-39 year old “wasn't going to be a concert pianist."

However, Kateproved her teacher wrongthis evening while she played "beautifully" alongside Tom.

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