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Virtual Admiralty Carol Service

The virtual Admiralty Carol Service is for all those within the Royal Navy community who can’t be there in person at the traditional annual service in St Martin-in-the Fields, in London.

Last year, the annual service did not take place due to the COVID pandemic.

The virtual service was enjoyed worldwide last year when filmed and broadcast by BFBS and Forces News.

Once again, we have joined forces with Royal Navy and Royal Marines crews, cadets and veterans from around the globe to create this traditional festive treat.

The carols and music were recorded at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, with the Chapel Choir of RHS and the Brass Quintet from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood, led by Band Corporal Neil Dudley.

Addresses and readings from the newly appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Ben Key and the Venerable Andrew Hillier QHC – Chaplain of the Fleet and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy – also form part of the service.

Members of serving Royal Navy personnel have also delivered the readings for the service from St. Ann’s Church at HMNB Portsmouth.

Keep an eye out here and on our social media channels for more fun tasters of the service, featuring crews and cadets joining in with the carols.

When and where to watch and listen to the full service (all UKT): 


  • Forces TV and BFBS Extra (overseas) on 12 December at 1700hrs and 24 December at 1730hrs
  • Forces News YouTube and Forces News Facebook, 12 and 24 December
  • BFBS Radio 2 on 24 December at 1630hrs