Queen Elizabeth II was notably absent from the traditional Easter Sunday service, along with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and two of their children attended the Easter Sunday service
- Since testing positive for COVID-19 in February, the Queen has attended only one public event
- She turns 96 on Thursday and marked 70 years on the throne in February
Other members of the British royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and two of their children, attended the service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Queen, who has been experiencing mobility issues, did not attend the service, which is a staple in the royal calendar.
William and Kate were accompanied by their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they stepped out in the UK spring sunshine in the Queen’s absence.
Kate wore light blue, as did her daughter, who held William’s hand as she walked to the chapel in the grounds of the castle.
Prince George, like his father, wore a suit and tie.
Also in attendance were the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, with his wife Sophie and their children, and Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew.
Since the Queen spent a night in hospital in late October, she has avoided attending high-profile events outside her home, apart from a memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip in late March.
She has continued to meet virtually with diplomats and politicians.
She turns 96 on Thursday and reached her Platinum Jubilee — 70 years on the throne — in February.
Ill health, including a bout of COVID-19, as well as difficulties walking and standing, forced her to pull out of a Commonwealth Day service at the last minute on March 14, one of the most important dates in the Queen’s calendar.
She also did not attend the Royal Maundy service, held on April 14, an Easter tradition where the sovereign gives out specially minted silver coins to the elderly.
The Queen tested positive for COVID-19 in February and suffered what Buckingham Palace described as “mild, cold-like symptoms”.
On Thursday she had a visit from her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan — the first time the couple has visited the UK together since they stepped down as working royals in 2020 and moved to California.
Harry and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor, 30 kilometres west of London, on their way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.
Harry is founder and patron of the international sports competition for wounded or ill military personnel and veterans.