Sunday, 21 April 2019

The Cambridges Join The Queen For Easter Service

It's been a glorious Easter weekend, the sun is shining, spring flowers are in full bloom and in keeping with tradition, the Queen and a large gathering of family members attended church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. As hoped for, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the monarch this morning.


It marks the third consecutive year the couple have attended the Windsor service.


It's been a quiet month for the Cambridges, who have been enjoying George and Charlotte's Easter break at their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. They were spotted at the nearby Burnham Horse Trials with the Tindalls. Mike and Zara were also in attendance today. The family will return to Kensington Palace after the weekend ahead of term commencing at Thomas's Battersea on Wednesday, and Charlotte's nursery Willcocks. Before that, Louis will celebrate his first birthday on Tuesday. The Duchess will resume duties on Thursday, with an appearance at the ANZAC Day service at Westminster Abbey.


On Easter Sunday last year, Kate told a group of little girls George and Charlotte had a ball at an Easter egg hunt that morning; I'm sure the Cambridge children did the same today.


Today has additional significance for the Royal family, as it's Her Majesty's 93rd birthday.


A curtsy from the Duchess.


Just days away from welcoming Baby Sussex, Prince Harry was in fine form chatting to Zara and Autumn Phillips.


An arrival video of the royal party. Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and the Wessexes and Princess Anne's family were also present.


St George's Chapel is a 14th century building located in the lower ward of the castle.


The chapel has been the site of many royal weddings, including the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank last year. The chapel is also home to the annual Order of the Garter ceremony held in June. Within the Chapel are the tombs of ten monarchs, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.


More on the history of the chapel:

'In 1348, King Edward III founded two new religious colleges: St Stephen's at Westminster and St George's at Windsor. The new college at Windsor was attached to the Chapel of St Edward the Confessor which had been constructed by Henry III in the early thirteenth century. The chapel was then rededicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Edward the Confessor and St George the Martyr. Edward III also built the Aerary Porch in 1353–1354. It was used as the entrance to the new college.
The Quire of St George's Chapel, by Charles Wild, from W.H. Pyne's Royal Residences, 1818. St George's Chapel became the Mother Church of the Order of the Garter, and a special service is still held in the chapel every June and is attended by the members of the order. Their heraldic banners hang above the upper stalls of the choir where they have a seat for life.'

The Evening Standard reports:

'In his sermon, the Dean did not mention the royal birthday but discussed the Easter message of love and the terrible fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris last week. He also read from Easter poetry by the Christian socialist Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies, whose birth 200 years ago will be celebrated in June.
After the service, the Queen and her family went for drinks in the Deanery before leaving from separate exits. As the monarch returned to her car at the Galilee Porch, the crowd -members of the public let in to watch and some of the congregation - sang Happy Birthday, as she was given flowers by two boys, Rufus Travers-Brown and Edward Bland, the sons of lay clerks (adult choristers) at the chapel.'

The Duke and Duchess departing.


In his Easter message this year, Prince Charles called for an end to the "pervasive horror" of knife crime. More from the Telegraph:

'Writing of Easter as a celebration of the triumph of lightness over dark, Prince Charles has now called for those who commit “brutal deeds” to be brought to their senses through justice and the “extraordinary power” and gift of forgiveness.
Saying “there are times when it can feel as if the light has gone out of the world and darkness reigns, the Prince, who will one day be head of the Church of England, says: “Easter gives us hope. Throughout my own life, it has been a humbling experience to meet and to listen to people who have suffered the most terrible personal tragedies,” he writes.
“The way they have grieved and turned their grief into action to help others in the most extraordinary way is an example of the light overcoming the darkness. Recently, Prince Harry and I brought together some of those who have been affected by knife crime to see what more could be done to tackle this pervasive horror. Listening to those who have suffered from such attacks filled us both with immense sadness.
“But their remarkable determination to move forward and address the causes of such crime and to find solutions was, for me, yet another example of the light shining in the darkness.” He adds: “Of course, those who commit such brutal deeds need to face up to their crimes through being brought to justice.
“However, very often it is not the punishment that brings them to their senses and changes them, but rather the extraordinary power of the forgiveness from those they have hurt.”

In 2017 and 2018, the Duchess repeated classic Catherine Walker coats for Easter Sunday.


Today, Kate brought back her very popular dove grey Alexander McQueen coat, first worn for Easter Sunday service at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, in 2014. Several of you mentioned you would love to see the elegant piece again. It's a great choice for the occasion.


Kate repeated the matching grey Jane Taylor hat.


Kate accessorised with her gorgeous Robinson Pelham wedding earrings. Michael and Carole Middleton had the earrings commissioned as a gift in 2011. Their design is derived from the acorn and oak leaves which form part of the Middleton family coat of arms, and they perfectly complement the 'Halo' tiara, echoing the scroll elements in the design. The £15K earrings are made of 18 karat white gold and diamonds in the form of a curled diamond set oak leaf top and a pear-shaped diamond set drop with a central articulated pave set diamond acorn.


And her Acorn brooch. Kate's worn the piece on a number of occasions since 2012. I expect it's also a Robinson Pelham piece.


A closer look at the brooch from Christmas Day 2015.


Kate teamed the look with the soft grey Emmy London Rebecca Cinder Pointed Court shoes and matching clutch.


Below, a wooden egg with a portrait of HM given to the monarch by the Ambassador of Ukraine, Volodymyr Khandogiy. It's one of a number of ornate eggs she's been given over the years. Wishing the Queen the happiest of birthdays! I'm sure it will be a splendid day surrounded by loved ones.


We'll see you tomorrow or Tuesday for Prince Louis' first birthday photos. Wishing you all a very Happy Easter :)

87 comments:

  1. Nicole from france21 April 2019 at 10:59

    I loooove that coat , that’s the very kind of chic and elegant clothes she should wear , she is absolutely gorgeous ! I do not really like the grey accessories, but the coat .... whaou !!!!

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  2. Rachel South Africa21 April 2019 at 10:59

    Lovely! I have always hoped we would see this beautiful outfit again. Happy Easter to the royal family and Happy Birthday to the Queen!

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    1. Yes..me too.has to be my favourite of all her coats

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  3. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2019 at 11:08

    How nice to see them! And a wonderful flashback with the outfit to Easter on the tour Down under!!

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    1. Ohh, and her wedding earrings! I'm so happy to see them again! Love the little Middleton acknowledgement with the acorn jewelry!

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden21 April 2019 at 12:58

      Oh, that was me that commented just now but forgot to add my name!

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  4. She Looks healthy and young. The break did her great and I love the repeat.

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  5. Such a lovely couple, and Kate is looking beautiful as always. I do like to see a recycle.

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  6. Wow I remember the day she wore this in Australia so vividly—great to see it again and amazing it’s been 5 years! She looks lovely! Wonderful to spend Easter with the Queen! He is risen!

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  7. Zora from Prague21 April 2019 at 12:33

    Fantastic!! Kate looks wonderful and HM is just incredible. Can't wait for more pictures! Thank you so much, Charlotte! :)

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  8. they looks lovely couple hmm happy birthday your majesty i love that she recycle the outfit

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  9. Royal 👑 Watcher21 April 2019 at 12:39

    Oooh The best Kate coat ever imho. Happy Easter 🐣 to the DK community!

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    1. I agree! Happy to see this rewear. Best Easter outfit to date. Wedding earrings too!

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  10. The Duchess of Cambridge looks very lovely this morning. One of my favorite ensembles. I enjoyed the history lessons, Charlotte and thanks for the post.

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  11. Happy birthday to Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

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  12. It seems not to fit as well as before. She seems to be quite a bit thinner

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    1. I think she looks great! But you're right, however I do remember George being really little at the time of the tour (10 months?) whereas Louis is already a year old this week. Might account for the slight change. :)

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  13. Happy birthday to the Queen and Happy Easter to everyone! I love this outfit on Kate. Such a pretty soft color, and classic fit. Is it my eyes, or do I see Kate’s hair having some layers and texture to it?

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    1. I was thinking she probably did her own blow-out tgis morning, that’s why it isn’t as smooth and bouncy as usual.

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    2. Ahhh, yes Rachel good point. I think you’re right. Her hair is still lovely, just those layers caught my eye 😊

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    3. I thought that Kate's hair - given the shot from the back is so beautiful - looked wonderful. Her hair is really lovely today.

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  14. Happy Birthday HM! As usual, HM looks fabulous. Kate appears to be thinner then usual, perhaps it is the style of the coat or angle of the photo.

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  15. Deanne from Canada21 April 2019 at 13:57

    In the HM’s arrival video, it appears William didn’t bow. I watched it 9 times to be sure. Happy Easter!

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    1. William didn’t, neither did Andrew nor Beatrice (I could not get a clear picture of Anne’s curtsey either). They must have popped in before church to wish HM a happy birthday. They only bow the first time they see her on the day.
      It is a fun activity every year to see who bows and who doesn’t.

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    2. I watch the video a few times too, yes it appears William didn’t bow and Princess Beatrice did not curtesy is that because her father was present? Happy Easter to everyone 🐣✝️💐

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    3. It is my understanding that members of the family only bow to HM the first time they see her for the day. You do not bow each time she is in your presence. Since several members did not bow it is highly possible some family members may be staying with her and have seen her earlier this morning and perhaps William saw her as well.

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    4. Zora from Prague21 April 2019 at 21:24

      Just a tiny bit of nitpicking, USA Granny: you are right but I believe it's not the Queen who is in anyone else's presence - everyone else is in her presence! 😉😃😆

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  16. Zora from Prague21 April 2019 at 14:12

    This is such a treat! Lovely photos! I always like seeing the younger generations of royals - William, Kate, Harry, Peter&Autumn, Zara&Mike, Beatrice - and their interactions. Nice to see Sophie and Louise wearing a bit similar dresses. (I do think Louise resembles the Queen when she was a girl, at least in some pictures the likeness is easy to see.) And Princess Anne looks very elegant in her grey/silver dress!

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  17. Emmaline in the U.S.21 April 2019 at 14:14

    Can I ask a silly question? Is the service just for the Queen and her guests or do other members of the public/local residents attend in some capacity? Love seeing a strong turnout and beautiful spring sunshine :)

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    1. I was wondering the same thing Emmaline! Do the other “parishioners” (right term?) go into the church before any Royals arrive? I have learned from this blog that the Queen always enters last.

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    2. I read somewhere that they were joined by around 800 parishioners. (That is the capacity of the chapel). My guess is they enter through different doors. With the royals entering from the side and sitting in the choir. I don’t suppose on can just pitch up for church on Easter Sunday at St Georges. I wonder who decides who can attend?

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    3. Emmaline in the U.S.22 April 2019 at 16:55

      Great info, RachelZA. The pictures make it hard to tell. What a special service to attend if able.

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    4. I would like to know more about, what parishioners can attend. Also the reason the royal family sit up in the choir area is because of security for the Queen etc. I did not know that, so if you turn around and look up you can see the Royal Family from a distance.

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  18. I love those special occasions. Everybody looking GORGEOUS! XOXOXOXO

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  19. I hoped we would see this outfit again. Also, her wedding earrings are a nice touch. I hope HM is having a lovely birthday, and happy Easter to everyone.

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  20. One of my favorite looks ever, a highlight of their first Australian tour. It still looks elegant, regal, and stylish. She looks absolutely perfect.

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    1. Agreed! One of my favorites as well. Love this coat dress. The lines are so simple and yet so elegant. Do you wonder what the style of the dress is below? When there are such beautiful lines in the coat is the dress just as beautiful?

      There was no need to alter this looked, we loved it then and we love it now.

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  21. So glad to see the family turnout for Easter service and HM’s birthday. Wishing everyone here and across the pond a wonderful day! ☺️

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  22. Happy Easter and a most Happy Birthday to The Queen, who looked wonderful on her 93rd birthday.
    Love Kate’s beautiful blue outfit. Really stunning.

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  23. I absolutely love her wedding earrings. They are just beautiful and it’s a treat every time she wears them. It’s nice to see this elegant ensemble repeated. In comparison I prefer the hairstyle (and darker colouring) of 2014. This years hair and hat mix reminds me very much of her mothers generation (55+). Or maybe I never noticed how much she resembles Carole?
    Happy Easter to everyone
    C.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. I normally feel Kate resembles her dad a lot, but today she really resembles her mom.
      I guess it caught my eye because I am very much like that too. I strongly resembles my dad side if the family but once in a while I would do something and everybody would be, spitting image if your mom.

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    2. I like the original wear better than today. She still looks great, but I think the coat seems to be buttoned higher than the first time because the throat area seems more covered? So even that minor change throws it off a little for me today. But still, overall I think she looks nice with the recycle.

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    3. She had the collar folded down last time, and standing up today.

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  24. The Duchess looks beautiful. I thought, in several photos, she looked so much like her mother. First time I noticed it, especially in the side view.

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  25. Kate looks fabulous and effortlessly regal Great repeat Great to See all the royals out in force

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  26. Rienks in Africa21 April 2019 at 16:39

    Totally love this repeat! Kate's best elegant look ever!

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  27. Is it weird that Harry and William didn’t stand next to each other? I find it odd that Zara and her husband stood between them.

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    1. I would not read to much into it. Since it is not a formal event they are all walking with the people they are talking to. When my extended family are together you would seldom see me and my brother next to each other, purely because we would be talking to the rest of the family.

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    2. Anglophile in Ohio21 April 2019 at 18:16

      If there hadn’t been so much gossip over the past several months you probably wouldn’t have thought twice about where Harry stood.

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    3. I dont think it's weird. I think it would be weird if the brothers were always next to each other. They are close with the cousins & it seemed that's just how they got there. Except William & Kate. It seemed they were put at the front when waiting for the queen. If you look at the video, Harry leans forward & says something to Kate & William & she laughs just like the good old days. Didn't seem forced but totally natural & like they enjoy each other. The media has created such a big deal out the natural differences that occur when you get married & form a family. Leave & cleave is the healthiest way to have s healthy family. As you do put your own spouse & children first, you can beautifully enjoy relationships with other family members but it is different (perfectly normal) to not be just like when you were kids & your parents were head of the household. Now the kids are heading up their own family. Lovely to see them together today. I'm guessing Meghan is very close to giving birth. I think I'd stay out of the spotlight in case my water broke. Wouldn't that be a headline! Happy Easter everyone!!

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    4. I also do not think it’s weird. I have a younger sister about the same amount of years that William & Harry are in age. We also have close relationships with our cousins and sometimes want to have conversations with other relatives. Also sometimes my sister just doesn’t want to hang out with me, because we are always together when we go out with other relatives and family friends. I observed Harry leaning over and had a small conversation with William and Kate, and that is what my sister would do. Because you are close and you do not need to be right next to each other all the time. Hope this helps!

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  28. Her Grace the DoC is magnificent! Beautiful-Stunning-Perfection. Kate is the epitome of elegance.

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    1. Sophie Shoreham21 April 2019 at 18:26

      Kate is a royal duchess so she is her royal highness. Non-royal dukes and duchesses are his/her grace. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_dukedoms_in_the_United_Kingdom

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    2. Duh!😕

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  29. Hard to believe the children aren’t included at Easter Sunday Service....wonder if they are, we just don’t see them, because they have been escorted out another exit...George and Charlotte are definitely old enough to learn about Jesus.

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    1. We all know the Queen is a very devout woman, but my understanding is that it is her preference that little children is not included in “official” church services. It is tradition.
      That is why we see the Cambridges take their kids along when they spend Christmas with the Middleton’s but not at Sandringham.

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    2. Sophie Shoreham21 April 2019 at 18:28

      The children are very young to sit through a communion service, even if they avoid the public walk. They have been to church on occasion before.

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    3. Caroline in Montana22 April 2019 at 16:05

      Who is to say they are not learning about jesus just because they were not at this church service?

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  30. Does anyone know how Catherine and William celebrated Easter before they started attending with HM? Also, did Clarence House say where Prince Charles and Camilla are?

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    1. Charles and Camilla spend Easter privately in Scotland. It would be interesting to see if they continue to spend easter in Scotland once Charles is king or if he will follow HM’s tradition of Easter court at Windsor.
      Since Charles never spend easter at Windsor neither of his sons attended since they were boys. My guess is the Cambridges often spend it with the Middleton’s.

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  31. Wow, I was so hoping that Kate would repeat this outfit, it has long been one of my favorite looks of hers. Love the addition of the brooch! She looks stunning and would agree with Mel that she is the epitome of elegance. I really like what she has done with her hair, it's pulled back from her face but not too severely, almost like an invisible headband. Happy Birthday to the Queen, who looks very happy to be surrounded by her family. cc

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    1. I looked at that as well. How is it "pulled back"? I really like how it looks today and yet it's not 1/3 pulled back as it was when she originally wore this outfit. If she styled on her own - wow! it looks fantastic!

      Loving the brooch! If I was Kate, I would wear one every day.

      Agreed! What a wonder birthday for HM.

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  32. Happy Easter Charlotte and to all the readers here! I too have always loved this coat of Kate’s and it fits with the joy and rebirth that is the Easter theme.

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  33. Beautiful coat and hat. Love this outfit. I know this is tricky but ... this outfit looked so much better in 2014 when Kate was not so thin. Back then the definition of some waist and hips gave the outfit a nice fitted silhouette.

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  34. A long awaited recycle and it looks elegant and lovely as ever! I love the earrings and brooch, also. How nice for HM to have so many family members present to celebrate Easter and her birthday with her. He is risen!!!

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  35. She looks beautiful. Is this the first time she’s worn the wedding earrings since the wedding? Also—was it just the small family group for church or can members of the general public attend church when HM does?

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    1. She last wore them on Garter day 2016.

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  36. A question for those who have eagle eyes for this kind of thing. Is Kate and Zara wearing hosiery today? It doesn’t look like it, but I am very bad at spotting it.

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    1. I don’t claim to have eagle eyes but in several pics, it does look like Kate is not wearing hose!!! 😱🤣

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    2. No, she is wearing them.

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    3. Rita in Florida22 April 2019 at 17:53

      Check the curtsy photo - she is most definitely wearing hose. So long as HM is alive I don't think you are going to see Kate veer too far from tradition.

      Lovely outing for the entire family. Kate looks gorgeous - I was hoping she would repeat.

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    4. Rita, just what I was going to say, no need to have eagle eyes, I don't, but it is obvious in the curtsy picture that she is wearing stockings.

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  37. The brooch looks different. No yellow gold, only white. What do u think?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden22 April 2019 at 00:00

      I think the yellow gold details are so small and todays pictures are from further away so it just blends in :)

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  38. Thank you Charlotte what a lovely post and what a wonderful gathering for the Queen - three children and six of her eight grandchildren. It is nice to see how comfortable all the cousins are together as this was a family affair and no order of precedence. One needs to be careful of drawing 'evidence' from moment in time (photographs) and very short video clips. One could start a whole new rumour round by obsessing about why did Beatrice walk with her father and not the cousins and chat with them. And why weren't Andrew Anne and Edward chatting. Charlotte I enjoyed so much your post with the history of the service. Thank you.

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    1. Is it not seven of her eight grandchildren? I think only Eugenie missing?

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    2. Zora from Prague22 April 2019 at 16:53

      That's right, Anon 11:11.
      Btw, Eugenie accompanied HM on Maundy Service at Windsor just before Easter - https://www.royal.uk/royal-maundy-service-2019-0.

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  39. Healthy, tanned, smiling with sparkling eyes! We must admit that Kate looks beautiful! The colour, the jewellery, her hair, her makeup — all of it gets top marks. Yes, she is wearing hose as are Zara and the other ladies. Yes, she is back to her thin self which is not a worry because we’ve seen her this thin before. Still, give credit where it is due, she at the top of her game.
    Jane

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  40. Caroline in Montana22 April 2019 at 16:08

    Love this outfit and her accessories. I can not get over how much she looked like Carole today, not sure if it was her hair mixed with some expressions, but every time I looked at the photos all I saw was carole - That's not a bad thing! lol cant wait for a pic of PL!

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    1. She definitely looked like Carole here! I think it was her hair.

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  41. Louis' birthday portraits, taken by Kate, will be released in a few hours :)

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  42. They are out and so cute!

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  43. SierrafromMontana22 April 2019 at 22:32

    Do only the royals go to Windsor for the church service or is it also open to the public? Just curious.

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  44. Fantastic Kate looks lovely I don’t believe all the rubbish about a rift between Kate and Wills and Megs and Harry! Great post Her Majesty looks spectacular happy bday to her! Thanks Charlotte

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