Will we see the Cambridges on Easter Sunday? That is the question a number of you have asked me over the past week or so. I thought it might be fun to take a look at how they've spent the occasion in previous years and to observe their patterns. It's actually a very private time for them and apart from once during a royal tour we haven't seen them on Easter. Looking back to 2011, when Easter Sunday fell just a few days before the royal wedding, it was such an exciting time. For royal fans and monarchists it was arguably the most delightful time in terms of royal watching for years. I can distinctly recall following every single news article with immense interest and seeing the various photos from the wedding rehearsals, to activities at the Middleton home and photos of Kate out shopping in London days before the big event.
With all the bustle and last minute preparations, William and Kate stepped away to enjoy Easter with the Middletons in Bucklebury. William was seen being driven to the Middletons' home and he joined the family for church in Berkshire before returning to the house for a traditional lunch. It was an early choice which signalled the couple's decision to alternate holidays between the Middletons and the Royal family, something we've seen particularly during Christmas.
After that, it was back to London. One photo which really captures the buzz around the wedding is this one of Kate receiving an outfit/dress from a lady in blue (believed to be a Palace aide, although never officially identified.). It captures a lovely moment of Kate obviously receiving a warm embrace and good wishes ahead of the day - and she looked every inch the elated bride-to-be.
In 2012, the Cambridges spent Easter in Scotland with the Royal family. They were spotted arriving at Crathie Kirk for Sunday service with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. A Royal aide said: "It was a beautiful service. Afterwards, they were back at Balmoral for Sunday lunch." An onlooker grabbed a quick (albeit tiny) snap of the royals leaving the service. Kate wore a plum coat.
The couple had just returned from a skiing holiday in Meribel in the 'Three Valleys Resort' with the Middletons. You may remember William had just returned from a six-week deployment in the Falklands.
In 2013, the couple enjoyed a quiet weekend in Anglesey (is it me or does it feel like forever since they lived in Wales?) where William worked as a RAF search and rescue pilot. The couple attended a local church service at St Cadwaladr's in Llangadwalad, a small village in Anglesey. The church is believed to have been a royal burial ground and one of its windows dates from the 12th century. After the service, they signed the visitors book.
2014 was by far the Cambridges' most public Easter to date. It fell during their tour of Australia and New Zealand. With nine-month-old George along for the trip and a varied itinerary, it was a fantastic and memorable tour, undoubtedly in my top three, along with Canada 2011 and India/Bhutan last year. That morning, William and Kate attended service at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney City Centre. Kate looked regal in a bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen coat and a matching Jane Taylor hat.
William and Kate signed the visitors book.
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Then it was time for a family afternoon at Taronga Zoo. It was so interesting to see boisterous George in action and meeting a bilby. William turned to Kate and said: "He's trying to grab his ear." To which Kate replied: "If he gets it he'll never let go." It was absolutely the tour highlight. It's amazing how much he's grown since then, and now his little sister Charlotte is fast approaching her 2nd birthday!
Easter 2015 was a time full of anticipation for the Cambridges, who reportedly enjoyed a quiet day with the Middletons. One month after Easter Sunday, a very special surprise arrived when Kate gave birth to a daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana at St Mary's hospital.
Last year, Kate spent her first Easter as a mother of two at Bucklebury surrounded by the Middletons. A royal source told Hello!: "The Duchess of Cambridge will be spending the Easter weekend with her children." I imagine it was a special one as it was Charlotte's first Easter, and George, then almost three, was old enough to enjoy an egg hunt. Prince William spent the weekend in Kenya attending the wedding of Jecca Craig.
Having looked over the Cambridges' plans in recent years, I think it's not highly probable we'll see them. There isn't a set pattern in terms of how they celebrate although it's possible they'll opt to spend the day with the Royal family. The Queen and members of the Royal family will attend Sunday service at St George's chapel at Windsor Castle. It's also quite likely they'll spend the weekend in Bucklebury before returning to London where they have several engagements next week. If so, it will possibly be church followed by a family lunch and a little Easter egg hunt for George and Charlotte. And discussion around the table will be reminiscent of 2011 when a pending wedding was very much on everyone's minds. This time with Pippa's just weeks away, no doubt it will be the topic firmly on their minds!
The lovely folks at Black.co.uk are hosting an Easter event offering 20% off all their collections from 13 - 17 April. They are offering 'Duchess Kate' readers an additional 10% off with discount code HRH10 during the same time period. (Note: the 20% is automatically applied; to avail of the extra 10% simply enter HRH10 at the checkout). They also offer Free International Delivery on orders over £100.
The Bow Gloves worn by Kate and created by Cornelia James continue to be among their most popular products. Below we see Kate wearing her black pair in New York and her navy pair at a Place2Be conference.
Made in Italy, they are described: "Short cocktail gloves with an elegant and pristine side bow at the wrist. Made from satin lycra the gloves are stretchy ensuring a snug flattering fit." The discount reduces the gloves from £45 to £32.50.
With spring in full swing and summer on the horizon there's an array of essentials for the season and pieces perfect to add the finishing touch to any summer look. The collection of Sun Hats are ideal for holidays. They are packable, so fold neatly for travelling and are made from the braided fibre of the Canadian maple tree. Below, the White Wide Brim Sun Hat, the Nautical and Navy Striped Wide Brim Hat, the Brown and Sand and the Black and Gold Striped Sun Hat.
The Broiderie Anglaise Cotton Cover Up is crafted from pure white cotton and made in Italy. We also see the Agadir Hand Embroidered Linen Cover Up. More from the product description: "It doubles as a relaxed mini dress and looks perfect over white jeans. Handmade in Italy it is breathable, cool to wear and has 25cm side slits for easy movement. The blue detailing on the sleeves give this lovely dress a polished finish. The back is white linen."
Also in beach accessories, the nautical blue and white Marine Anchor Egyptian Cotton Beach Towel. A nice one for beach lovers and seafarers.
The brand has also launched a collection of stylish bags - the ultimate accessory to complete any look, dressed up or down. For the summer season, the Black and Brown Straw and Cotton Tote is a very wearable, versatile bag perfect to carry your beach essentials. It's fully lined and has two slip pockets and one internal zipped pocket. The handles are long enough to carry on the shoulder. With the detailed hardware and colour combination, what I like most about this one is it looks much more expensive than it actually is (about £35 after discounts).
The White and Gold and Black and Leather Tote Bags are made in Italy. The internal cavity is zip fastened with internal pockets for essentials. Fully lined, it comes with protective gold studs on the base.
There's a selection of beautiful silk scarves available: "Originating in Ancient Rome silk scarves were first made when the Silk Road opened from China. Considered the epitome of luxury, only the Emperor’s family was permitted to wear silk. Later it became an honour for upper class women to wear silk scarves. The rest, as they say, is history. Today pure silk scarves are the essence of chic and our collection features exquisitely crafted silk twill, silk chiffon and silk satin scarves made meticulously in France and Italy. The style and finish reflects this heritage." Below the Avis de Passage Italian Silk Square Scarf in rich tones of red, yellow, orange, blue and a butterfly centrepiece.
(Not forgetting our male readers) there are lovely Silk Italian Pocket Squares including the ' Parisian Romance' which pays homage to iconic French images: the Eiffel tower, the Parisian postage stamp, an elegant lady, the chanticleer rooster and a duelling pair.
From the jewellery collection, the Filigree Leaf Sterling Silver Choker and the matching earrings. Designed and made in France, they feature nine intricate silver leaf lozenges.
The code is valid until the 17th.
And with that a reminder we'll next see the Duchess on Wednesday when she hosts London marathon runners at Kensington Palace. With the marathon, little over a week away, William, Kate and Harry's wax figurines at Madame Tussauds got their Heads Together by donning the official headbands for the initiative. :)
Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Easter! X