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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Easter Service at Windsor Castle with George and Charlotte


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Windsor Castle with their children – Jeff Gilbert

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Windsor Castle for the traditional Easter Mattins service alongside their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

It is the first time the couple have taken their children to the annual service at St George’s Chapel, which has not been held since 2019 due to the Covid pandemic.

The Queen, who turns 96 on Thursday, did not attend this morning’s service as she continues to suffer from mobility issues. Instead, she will mark the event at Windsor’s private chapel.

The service falls on the first anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which took place in the same chapel on April 17, 2021.

Her Majesty also withdrew from the traditional Maundy Thursday service last week, for the first time since 1970.

It comes amid reports that the public should no longer expect to see the Queen at public engagements, as palace aides said instead her attendance would only be confirmed on the day of Event. If she is present, she will be accompanied by another member of the royal family.

She admitted in a video call earlier this month that Covid had left her “very tired and exhausted” after she tested positive for the virus in late February.

The Cambridges, who spent a family ski holiday in France during the school holidays, all wore different shades of blue for duty.

Princess Charlotte, six, wore a pale blue floral dress with matching tights, while Prince George, eight, wore a suit and tie.

Prince Louis, who will be four years old next Saturday, stayed at home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Easter Service at Windsor Castle with George and Charlotte

The Cambridges all wore different shades of blue for the service – AFP

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were also present, along with their children, Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, as were Zara and Mike Tindall, with their eldest daughter Mia, eight.

Peter Phillips and his two children, Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, were accompanied by Princess Eugenie.

There was no sign of the Duke of York, who lives with his estranged wife, the Duchess of York, a stone’s throw from the Windsor Estate, after his starring role at an action service pardon for the Duke of Edinburgh last month proved controversial.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were not present as they are believed to be in Scotland.

The last Easter Mattins service to be held in Windsor was on the Queen’s 93rd birthday, April 21, 2019.

Next, Her Majesty was accompanied by a plethora of members of the Royal Family, including the Duke of Sussex, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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