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Easter: Royals attend Windsor Castle service without the Queen

LONDON — Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge attended an Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle.

The Queen, who has had mobility issues, did not attend the service at St George’s Chapel on the castle grounds, a fixture on the royal calendar.

William and Catherine were accompanied by two of their three children: Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6.

Also present were the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, with his wife Sophie and their children, and Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew’s daughter.

The Queen, who turns 96 on Thursday, celebrates her platinum jubilee this year, marking 70 years on the throne.

She has reduced her public duties on the orders of her doctors since spending a night in hospital in October, and also had a bout of COVID-19 in February. She attended a memorial service last month for her late husband, Prince Philip, and continued to meet diplomats and politicians virtually.

On Thursday, she was visited by her grandson Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex – the first time the couple have visited the UK together since leaving the royal family in 2020 and moving to California.

Harry and Meghan visited the Queen in Windsor, 32 kilometers west of London, en route to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. Harry is the founder and patron of the international athletic competition for injured or ill service members and veterans.

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