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.
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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.
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.
The King, Queen Consort, Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and other senior royals arrive at St George’s Chapel, Windsor #EasterSunday #royal #Windsor 🐣 🏰 pic.twitter.com/N5EBLQv8tN
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 9, 2023
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.
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.
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 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.
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.