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The Princess in Royal Blue for Easter Sunday Service at Windsor

The Princess in Royal Blue for Easter Sunday Service at Windsor

The Princess of Wales brought back a Catherine Walker design for the Easter Mattins service at St. George’s Chapel today.

There was a full complement of royal family members attending services today. Below, the Queen Consort, King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and the Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh.

More from People’s coverage

This year, the holiday fell on a special day for King Charles and Queen Camilla: their wedding anniversary! On April 9, 2005, the couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, which was followed by a Church of England service of prayer and dedication at St. George’s Chapel.

…the site also holds bittersweet memories. The last time the royals gathered there was for Queen Elizabeth’s committal service following her state funeral on Sept. 19, 2022, and the late monarch is buried nearby in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

Today is also the second anniversary of Prince Philip’s death. Last week, the King and Queen Consort participated in a Maunday Thursday service in York. 

More from The Telegraph’s coverage.

King Charles has handed out Maundy money for the first time as monarch during a service at York Minster.

The ancient ritual traditionally takes place on the Thursday before Easter Sunday every year. Last year Charles represented his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who withdrew from the service because of mobility problems.  It sees the monarch present elderly members of the Church of England with special ‘Maundy’ coins.

The King…moved around the minster presenting 74 men and 74 women with the Maundy money as the congregation of about 1,500 looked on.

A video of today’s events via Rebecca English of The Daily Mail

Below, you see Zara and Mike Tindall with their daughters Mia and Lena, Princess Beatrice of York and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Prince George with his father.

In this wider shot, you can see the Edinburgh’s son, James, Earl of Wessex, as well as Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (Princess Anne’s husband, far right) and Daniel Chatto (second from right, Lady Sarah Chatto’s husband). The Edinburgh’s daughter, Lady Louise, did not attend today’s service.

And in this photo, you can see Lady Sarah on the far left. 

Princess Eugenie of York, and her husband Jack Brooksbank as they arrived at the chapel. The Princess is expecting her second child this summer.

This is the first time Prince Louis has attended an Easter service with his family.

Last year was the first time we saw Prince George and Princess Charlotte for Easter.

Back to this year, here is a cute shot of Princess Charlotte with her parents today.

After the service, several of the women were presented with nosegays. Here you see Harriet, who is ten, presenting flowers. 

Samuel, age 8, gave the Princess her posy. 

Other members of the Wales family as they left the chapel. 

Princess Anne and the Duchess of Edinburgh as they left the chapel.

Mike and Lena Tindall. 

A quick overview of what some of the royal women wore begins with the Queen Consort, who was in an ensemble by Anna Valentine with a hat by Philip Treacy and a Chanel handbag.

Princess Eugenie wore the Whistles Wood Tiger Print dress, and Jimmy Choo pumps; the Duchess of Edinburgh was in Catherine Walker’s Evie coatdress with a Philip Treacy hat. UPDATE MONDAY APRIL 10: It looks like the Duchess of Edinburgh was wearing Catherine Walker’s ‘Red Square’ coat, a piece that dates back to at least 2005.

The Duchess wore the coat on Easter Sunday 2012, with thanks to Meg on Instagram and others for the heads-up.

More from The Telegraph’s story by Bethan Holt

If the senior royals were all outfitted in blue, others seemed to have agreed on vibrant pink shades for their harmonised Easter looks.

The Duchess of Edinburgh seemed to have taken inspiration from Princess Anne, who famously re-wears outfits decades after she debuted them, delving into her style archives to find a fuchsia coat she was first seen wearing on Christmas day in 2005 – she gave it a modern refresh by teaming it with cream suede boots and a tall hat with a jaunty brim.

And here she is wearing the design on Christmas Day 2005. 
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 Princess Beatrice chose Emilia Wickstead’s ‘Dionne’ macramé-trimmed dress and Aquazzura pumps for today’s service, while Zara Tindall wore the Jane Atelier (formerly Goat Fashion) ‘Payton’ Fit and Flare dress accessorized by a Strathberry bag, Juliette Botterill Millinery hat, and Emmy London heels.  

The Tindall girls both wore dresses by Reiss, Mia in the ‘Ania’ style, and Lena in the Lil Jr. Printed Ruffle Dress

Thank you to Found by Bojana, Polka Popp, Royal Fashion Police, and Daily Mail Fashion Finder for their ID assistance. I have details on what the Wales children wore in this What Kate’s Kids Wore post

Now for our look at what Kate wore, part of the family’s color-coordinated blue look. 

In keeping with the previous Easter ensembles she has worn to St. George’s Chapel, today’s was built around a piece we have seen her wear before. The Catherine Walker design was first seen at last year’s Commonwealth Service. It combines elements of the brand’s Mayfair and Magda designs, wool crepe pieces with a flare at the cuff and the hem.

The Princess wore a new chapeau by Lock and Co. hat, the Mayfair Pillbox style ($1025), with thanks to Carly at Kate Middleton Style and Iréne on Facebook for this ID.

The design is described as “light as a feather and incredibly comfortable fastens.” It fastens with an adjustable elastic at the nape of the neck and is made to be worn at an angle.

The Princess also wore this style on St. Patrick’s Day 2022 when visiting the Irish Guards. 

The Princess carried the Natasha Clutch ($425) in cobalt blue by go-to brand Emmy London. You may also notice her deep pink nail polish. I don’t recall seeing her with colored nails before; she has stayed with clear/neutral nail shades for her fingernails while occasionally sporting vibrantly colored polish on her toes.

We saw the return of the Gianvito Rossi 105 Pumps ($775)in the praline colorway, a classic stiletto with a 4.1″ heel. The style is available at 24S ($775) and in limited sizes at Net-a-Porter ($775).  

The Princess wore a new pair of earrings. With thanks to Katherine Elizabeth for the ID, the earrings are by Carousel Jewels, the Stella Lapis and Moonstone design ($165). The earrings feature a 22K gold finish on 925 sterling silver.

It is a brand the Princess has worn before; she wore the label’s Aquamarine Delicate Orb Earrings at a May 2022 garden party.

Carousel says that for every order they receive, they “plant one tree, and make a monthly donation of revenue to the Sea Shepherd Marine Conservation Group, who work to protect marine life globally. Our packaging is plastic-free, and extracted from FSC® forests, that always replace the wood they cut down.”

The Duchess has repeated ensembles for all the Easter Sunday services she has attended at Windsor. Today’s cobalt blue is the deepest color we have seen her wear on Easter.

Our review of past Easter looks includes last year’s soft blue Emilia Wickstead, the Duchess’s 2019 ensemble, built around the dove grey Alexander McQueen first worn at 2014 Easter services in Sydney, Australia. The Duchess was expecting Prince Louis when attending Easter services in 2018, and she brought back wore a chocolate brown Catherine Walker coat seen in 2015 for St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards. At the 2017 Easter service, it was also a Catherine Walker repeat of a design first worn during the 2016 Canada tour.

A dress seen on Easter 2014 but not worn for church services, is the Zimmermann’ Roamer Day Dress,’ seen when the Duke and Duchess attended the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

There is lots of news surrounding the upcoming coronation; I will see you with a full post on that topic in a few days! Here is one more photo from today.


The Royal Family Channel has almost two minutes coverage of arrivals in this video. 

This video covers the departures from church. 



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Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Love the details of the coat, especially the buttons on the sleeves and velvet trim. The color is very stunning on her but I agree with others that the length of the coat ‘weighed her down” and would have been so much more flattering and perhaps more springlike if it was shortened, even just 2-3 inches! The hat is so cute on her, especially since she wore her gorgeous hair cascading down her back. The earrings—they are not modern nor springlike and dated the look. A little sparkle would have been a better choice for the season!. Overall, while I like the look and color, I feel like the coat dressing is becoming overdone, especially if she continues to stick with this longer length. Time to mix it up!

By the way, love Beatrice’s look. So fresh and fun.


Friday 14th of April 2023

Catherine looked so pretty, gorgeous. However, I like a pastel Easter dress. This was sort of jarring to me.As was the red nailj polish!


Thursday 13th of April 2023

Overall, too long and too dark of a color for my preferences. I would have preferred that the hat mixed in some other times of blue, the way the pink hat from years ago had 3 tones of pink. That would have allowed for some tones of blue in the accessories. Shoe choice is strange to me, either go matchy-matchy or don’t but to 95% then add a nude is a bit awkward. Earrings are another perplexing choice when so many nice jewels are owned/borrowed. Hoping to blow away with the Coronation outfits.


Friday 14th of April 2023

@Diane, I think you may be right, especially as the senior ladies will likely be wearing their family orders, Victorian Order sashes and crosses and such, and so plainer gowns may be more suitable. I do hope to be blown away by the jewels on display, and I think it must be possible that this will be our first peek at King Charles's royal family order worn by the senior ladies, but we'll have to wait and see.


Friday 14th of April 2023

@Diane, that doesn't sound too fun, and I truly hope it's not true, because, after all, another way to look at this is: All Glory of Clothing and everything else to do with the Coronation is in Honor of the King! So, I'm hoping to be Completely Dazzled by what the women of the British Royal Family will wear, Especially Queen Camilla and Princess Catherine!!!!!


Thursday 13th of April 2023

@Jennb2112, Don't know how accurate this information is but I have read that the expectation is that the women's outfits, including the PoW's, will not have too much wow factor so as not to overshadow the King on a day that is his and the attention should rightfully be on him.


Tuesday 11th of April 2023

The Princess of Wow! She should be called that, wearing such a thrilling, electric blue ensemble! There's absolutely nothing I don't like about this unapologetically bold, and bright-hued look! And yet, this is also a look that has several of those lovely, ladylike elements that the Princess shows such wonderful affection for, such as that utterly fetching chapeau! I just Love it! It adds so much to the whole outfit! That chapeau is utterly divine! Perfect! Perfect!! Perfect!!! Now, mind you, I, like many, associate Easter with soft blues and pinks, (or even rather vibrant pinks), as well as many a glorious lavender, violet and lilac. Naturally, I also think of daffodil yellow, soft coral, delicate green, and so forth - and all are lovely Easter colors. I definitely don't usually think of cobalt blue, royal blue or electric blue as an Easter color. Well, Now I Do! It works! It's Beautiful! And it fits, just as much as the pastel colors, because I think of grape hyacinth flowers, for instance. And deep, bright blue Irises! And blue jelly beans! (Ok, that last one may be a bit of a stretch). No matter! This look works because it is flattering, beautiful, elegant, ladylike and, with that amazing blue, also quite fierce! Which I Love! As for the shoes - they work too! Of course, I won't deny that my eye longed, for a second or so, to see heels in the same color as coat and chapeau. Because, "matchy-matchy" can actually be really nice sometimes! However, those praline colored heels have really won me over! They give a sweet, soft golden touch to all that dazzling, daring blue! (They give an elegant touch as well). And...speaking of daring, I Love the bright red nail polish! (Or is it dark pink-red)? Whatever it is, the polish stands out and makes Princess Catherine's sapphire and diamond engagement ring seem to sparkle all that much more! I would definitely love to see the Princess wearing bright nail polish again! Last but not least, the earrings! Gold, with lapis and moonstone is Heavenly! A very nice design, defined and bold, yet feminine, they stand out so prettily, and do their part to help make Princess Catherine's look the Best of the Bunch, on this Easter outing of 2023!


Thursday 13th of April 2023

@ElizaMo, you make so many excellent points that I am in total agreement with, especially your point of how the praline hued heels lighten the look, which is so true! The gorgeous blue is so beautifully intense, and it could also give me wintry vibes, if worn on a different occasion in cold months, so the light nude/slightly golden pumps do help to give a Spring time vibe! And they break up what would otherwise be a too predictable look, just as you said, Eliza Mo. It really shows so much skill, imo, to pull off this ensemble and the Princess of Wow does it with adroit flair! I especially love the photo where Charlotte walks with her mother. Princess Charlotte wears a lovely, printed frock, and her blue toned dress and tights pairs well with her mother's look. Oh, and Prince Louis is quite the dashing little fellow in his handsome outfit, too!


Thursday 13th of April 2023

@Zell, Good to hear from you, and I'm glad you've found new colours to celebrate Easter with. I'm in agreement with you over the nude shoes, I find them especially effective here, and welcome their return as Catherine used to use them often. I think they help lighten the whole look and ease away from an overdose of the blue. I think matching shoes as well is just too predictable and borderline school uniform, I'm very happy to see Catherine switch up the outfit creatively in this way.


Tuesday 11th of April 2023

Not a day that I loved many people's looks. I think Katherine's coat looks weird it's so long. When she is shown moving and you see where her knees are it's surprising! just too long. I also find her earrings to be so retro 1980s. I remember thinking that she liked sweet little earrings, these bold 1980 looks with yellow gold and cabochon stones seems odd to me on her. I like her in dainty chandelier or intricate diamond and faceted gemstone earrings. This is one of the few times I have ever thought Sophie's outfit was a miss. Lots of weird little fascinators out too! I am an American from the South and I like pretty Easter dresses in florals or spring colors! It's a day of ladylike pink dresses and flowers on hats.... I was all around disappointed.

oh well!

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