It was a bright, sunlit Easter day at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor this morning as members of the royal family gathered for services.
Not only was it the Easter Mattins service, but it is also HM’s 93rd birthday, and there was a full complement of royals at church. Below, Princess Anne, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Harry, Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips.
Lady Louise and her mother, Sophie, Countess of Wessex as they arrived at church.
Zara and Mike Tindall arriving.
Kate and Zara chatting.
Richard Palmer of The Express shared a video of HM arriving.
The Royal Family gather outside the chapel to greet the Queen on her birthday. pic.twitter.com/IpS0xb0wSt
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) April 21, 2019
From left to right, Autumn Philips, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Kate, and William.
The Duchess curtsies as HM passes on her way into church.
More about the service from Simon Perry’s story in People:
In a sweet nod to the other big celebration taking place on Sunday, after the family all took their seats, the organist played “Happy Birthday To You” in honor of the monarch’s big day.
Although there was no mention of the royal birthday in the sermon, the Dean did touch on the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris last week. He also read some Easter poetry by Christian socialist Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies, whose birth 200 years ago will be celebrated in June.
The service was led by the Right Reverend David Conner, the Dean of Windsor. Below, HM receiving flowers after the service.
People reports they were presented by “Rufus Travers-Brown and Edward Bland, the sons of adult members of the choir.”
Another view of the Queen, wearing a duck egg blue and hot pink ensemble.
Crowds gathered outside the chapel serenaded the Queen.
Well-wishers broke into a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday as the Queen, who turns 93 today, left an #EasterSunday service.
— ITV News (@itvnews) April 21, 2019
In this video you see the rest of the royal family members leaving after the Queen departs.
Earlier today there was a tweet from the Royal Family account showing a picture from each decade of HM’s life. “Happy 93rd birthday to Her Majesty The Queen! Our video includes a photograph from each decade of The Queen’s life, from an image of her as a baby in 1926, to her visit to King’s College last month. #HappyBirthdayHerMajesty pic.twitter.com/E2J8c5rziD
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2019
Now to what Kate wore for Easter Sunday services. She brought back a fan favorite, the dove-grey ensemble first seen on Easter Sunday in 2014 when the Duke and Duchess attended services at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney.
The tailored coat by Alexander McQueen features a funnel neck, concealed front fastening, inset pockets, and a back vent.
Views from 2014.
And a side-by-side.
We also saw the return of the ‘Lupin’ hat created by Jane Taylor. It was first worn for Easter 2014 and brought back for the Singapore state visit in October 2014.
Kate’s heels appear to be the Emmy London ‘Rebecca’ style in the Cinder colorway; most recently we saw them at the annual Commonwealth Service in March. UPDATE: It looks like this could well be the Rebecca in the Steel colorway, not the Cinder. Thank you to @DataDuchess2 on Twitter for noting this earlier today.
Kate wore the diamond acorn earrings by Robinson Pelham first seen at her 2011 wedding.
The Duchess brought back a brooch featuring oak leaves and four “acorns” crafted of gold and a pearl. The Middleton family crest features acorns. We first saw this piece at the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon in 2012, again at Christmas Services in 2015, and just this past Christmas.
It’s understandable why so many Kate fashion followers are fond of this ensemble; it is a sleek, chic look on the Duchess.
I’ll leave the post with this video from ITV’s Royal Family Channel.
- Learn more about the Chapel at this website; the Chapel Facebook page is here; you can see more details about the service in this PDF
- The Daily Mail has coverage here and also here; The Mirror’s story is here; The Daily Telegraph’s piece by Hannah Furness is here
- Town & Country‘s gallery is here; Hello! has a story here; People’s piece is here; Harper’s Bazaar has a gallery here; a PopSugar gallery is here