Kate Middleton Changed Her Christmas Carol Invite to Pay Tribute to the Queen

Kate Middleton made a last-minute change to her Christmas Carol invitation following Queen Elizabeth’s passing.

The Princess of Wales hid a special tribute to the late monarch on the hand-drawn card, which was created by Aurelie Baudry Palmer. The London-based illustrator recently sat down for an interview with Hello! magazine and shared details about Princess Catherine’s request.

After Palmer presented a rough draft to the family, the Princess of Wales asked the illustrator to add Her Majesty’s corgis. She told the outlet, “This commission was a fairly quick turnaround, and I also wanted to leave plenty of time for feedback—like the addition of corgis!”

Palmer also detailed the multi-day process, adding, “I worked on the illustration over three days, filming as I drew and showing the progress to the Kensington Palace’s team as I went along to make sure I was on the right track. It certainly took a few hours… a little longer than the beautiful 22-second clip that was put together afterwards.”

The artist revealed that she’s thrilled by the public’s response: “I’m over the moon my work has been shared so widely, and also to play a small part in such a thoughtful community carol concert.”

Palmer continued, “It was such an honor to be approached by Kensington Palace to illustrate the announcement for the Princess of Wales’s carol service at Westminster Abbey. It was definitely a ‘pinch-me’ moment when they got in touch!”

The queen’s corgis surely appreciate it.

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