The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children, joined other members of the royal family dressed in blue for the annual Easter Sunday service.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have brought the British royal family, except the Queen, to the traditional Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle.
The couple stepped out into the spring sunshine alongside Princess Charlotte and Prince George at St George’s Chapel in Windsor for the traditional Easter Mattins Service.
They were joined by Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, The Sun reports.
Mike and Zara Tindall also attended the service.
Mrs Tindall’s brother, Peter Philips, joined her two children, Isla and Savannah, as they strolled alongside Princess Eugenie.
The two cousins were photographed sharing a laugh with the young royals before they entered the chapel.
All the royals showed up for the memo to wear blue.
The Duchess donned a bespoke, knee-length, pastel blue dress by Emilia Wickstead, an outfit she once wore on a visit to Luxembourg in 2017, paired with Emmy London’s “Rebecca Riviera” gray suede pointy pumps. Her daughter was dressed in a blue Rachel Riley “Forget Me Not” floral ruched dress, covered by a navy blue Il Porticciolo “Roberto” cardigan, and paired with light blue tights and black shoes. William and George also twinned and wore navy blue suits.
The Queen, 95, did not attend after Buckingham Palace previously said she was “not expected” to join other royals.
Instead, it is expected to mark the day in a small chapel at Windsor Castle.
Royal biographer Angela Levin told Sky News UK: “I can’t imagine she’ll miss saying her prayers and feeling like it’s actually Easter Sunday.
“I think that’s what he’s going to do, but I think it’s more worrying that it’s now been announced that we won’t know if he’s going to attend anything until that day, which shows how much his health goes up and down. ”
Her absence from the annual event comes after the monarch was unable to attend the Holy Thursday service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this week.
Instead, she was represented by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. her that she will not be at the service today.
It was the fifth time in his 70-year reign that he was unable to attend the important Maundy event.
A source has now claimed that the public must assume that she will not be attending future events until confirmed by the Palace on that day.
Her Majesty has been forced to withdraw from various engagements in recent months.
She missed the Commonwealth Day ceremony last month due to concerns about her “comfort”.
The monarch has also been seen using a cane for the past six months and recently told a visitor at Windsor Castle: “As you can see, I can’t move.”
But she recently got a £62,000 ($A110,000) golf cart to help her get around, and there’s hope this could help her meet future commitments.
The Queen also attended a moving memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip, on March 29.
It was her first public engagement since February 5 after facing a series of health problems, including a battle with covid.
The event was also the first he had participated in outside one of his homes for five and a half months.
But she was “actively involved” in planning the service, which featured elements Philip planned for her funeral that were banned due to Covid.
The monarch had walked arm in arm with her “favourite” son, Prince Andrew, as the thanksgiving service began at Westminster Abbey.
But once she reached the end of the hall, she let go of Andrew’s elbow and confidently took the last few steps alone.
Today’s service follows reports of concerns that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could “hijack and overshadow” the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee if the couple return this summer.
The pair are currently at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, where a Netflix film crew is following them for their documentary.
They flew to the event after Harry “instigated” clear talks at Windsor Castle last week.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Prince William and Kate Middleton lead the royals into Windsor Castle for the Easter service without the Queen