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Duchess of Cambridge praised for piano skills in Christmas carol concert

Scottish singer Tom Walker praised the piano skills of the Duchess of Cambridge after the pair recorded a Christmas tune that was shown during a carol concert.

Kate is a 'very talented musician,' says co-performer Tom Walker

The Duchess of Cambridge performs at a Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey in London. (Alex Bramall/The Associated Press)

Scottish singer Tom Walker praised the piano skills of the Duchess of Cambridge after the pair recorded a Christmas tune that was shown during a carol concert.

Walker, 30, performed the new song For Those Who Can't Be Here, accompanied by the 39-year-old duchess playing the piano, in a prerecorded segment shown during the Westminister Abbey event broadcast from London on ITV on Friday.

Walker said he had kept the performance a secret — even from his mother.

"She was in floods of tears watching it on the telly," he told the BBC. "It was beautiful."

Walker had performed at a charity event in front of the duchess, and when asked to play at the carol service, he offered to perform a song the public hadn't yet heard.

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"So I sent it over to the team and they absolutely loved it, and then a week later they came back and said, 'Um, would it be all right if the duchess played along with you?"' he recalled. "And I was like, 'What?"'

The pair rehearsed for a few weeks.

"She picked it up so well, it's really not easy to go from not playing with other musicians for like 10 years to jumping straight in with like a whole band you've never met and camera crews doing live takes that's being filmed in Westminster Abbey, so I thought it just went so well," he said. "She's [a] very talented musician."

Kate and Prince William spearheaded the program, Royal Carols: Together At Christmas. The event was attended by those who had spent time with Kate and William during recent engagements.

Walker rose to fame after the release of his single Leave a Light On in June 2018.

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