Get out your Easter bonnets! Easter Sunday is quickly approaching and we’re looking forward to seeing the British Royals heading out to church this year at Windsor.
Today’s article was meant to focus solely on the royals celebrating Easter in years past, but now that photographs have just come out of the Queen and Prince Philip’s engagement in York today let’s discuss them.
Interestingly, they were joined by their granddaughter Princess Beatrice; her attendance was not included in the court circular today so it was a bit of a surprise for may. The Royal Maundy service is an annual event where the Queen hands out money to pensioners in recognition of their services to the Church and their communities. The Telegraph explains:
The Royal Maundy ceremony traces its origins to the Last Supper when, as St John recorded, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Each recipient receives two purses – one red and one white – in the centuries old tradition.The red purse contains a £5 coin commemorating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and a newly minted 50p coin. The white purse contains uniquely minted Maundy Money of silver one, two, three and four penny pieces, the sum of which equals the Queen’s age.
Princess Beatrice has reportedly been very keen to be involved in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations so this is a way that the Queen acquiesced to that interest, plus she’s Princess Beatrice OF YORK so taking her along to the city had some nice symbolism.
As we’ve discussed in the past, I do wonder if it’s tough for Beatrice to see the Duchess of Cambridge be embraced so warmly on her engagements and if that fires her up to want to get out there, too. Her long hair with curls and petite hat are a bit Kate-ish and being a working Princess must seem like a nice option as she’s been on the job hunt since graduating from University last year. Prince Andrew is keen for this to happen however, the Prince of Wales would like to streamline the number of full time working royals on the Civil List so it is unlikely that Beatrice will be added to their ranks. Princess Beatrice has had a high profile in the last week; she also officially started the Olympic Park Run on Saturday and ran in the race as well. It will be interesting to see how this develops! You can read more about Beatrice in our post on her future and her unprecedented predicament as an HRH Princess without a full time formal role here.
Now, back to the Royal Family’s traditional Easter service. It is held at St. George’s Chapel every year and come Sunday the Queen and Prince Philip will no doubt be there, and we’re guessing they will be joined by old faithfuls the Earl and Countess of Wessex with Lady Louise and perhaps Viscount Severn, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall may attend, though Prince Harry and Prince William have not been there for a few years due to work commitments and I’m guessing it may be the same this year. Same With Zara and Peter and Autumn Philips.
Time will tell. In the meantime, let’s take a walk down memory lane of past Easter Sunday services at Windsor Castle…
Matching royals! This is Peter Philips and Prince William walking hand in hand (cute!) after the service. Where the heck was Prince Harry? I guess he was just too young and was back at the Castle in his matching powder blue PJ’s or something.
This photograph looks so timeless:
Zara Philips and Prince William with Diana. Zara and William match a bit in their cranberry red…
Nice close up of William:
The Queen leads Harry out of the church by the hand in this footage:
The Royals were rather colour coordinated this year in navy and red:
Here’s some footage of the Royals arriving at church and heading out afterwards, with Harry leading the charge. Fergie and Diana are looking pretty chummy:
This photograph of Diana and William was taken at Windsor on Easter Sunday in 1992. That outfit is one of my all time Diana faves and it must have been one of hers as well since she wore it so often in ’91 and ’92:
With Harry and William:
Nice to see the Queen Mum:
Not too many pictures of this year were out there, so we’ll make do with Princess Anne’s yellow pillbox and tartan jacket:
Sophie joined ‘The Family’ for her first Windsor Easter service in 1999. She married Prince Edward a few months later at the same church:
Chatting with Zara:
Prince Andrew with Bea and Eug:
Tomorrow we’ll recap the years 2000 – 2011. There are oodles of pictures from those years. See you then…and do share if you have any thoughts on Princess Beatrice’s recent appearances and future plans!