King Charles and Queen Camilla joined the rest of the royal family in a church outing at their wedding venue, St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, on Easter Sunday. This year’s Easter service was especially meaningful for the royal couple as it coincided with their wedding anniversary. On April 9, 2005, the couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, followed by a Church of England service of prayer and dedication at St. George’s Chapel.
The Couple’s Easter Service
King Charles and Queen Camilla were joined by various members of the royal family, including Prince William and Kate Middleton and their three children.
The couple coordinated in blue outfits, the same color choice for Prince William and Princess Kate’s family as well as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
Pink was another popular color pick for the Easter outing, worn by Sophie, Princess Beatrice, and Zara.
First Easter Since Queen’s Death
This year’s Easter service was particularly significant as it was the first time the royal family celebrated the holiday since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen, who was known for her lifelong faith and served as the ceremonial head of the Church of England, regularly attended church services.
She missed last year’s Easter outing due to her mobility and health issues but likely spent the day with family members in her apartments in Windsor Castle.
The Queen’s death is also a reminder of Prince Philip’s passing two years ago, whose funeral was held at St. George’s Chapel with limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Royal Maundy Service
On Thursday, King Charles and Queen Camilla attended the Royal Maundy Service at York Minster, a pre-Easter tradition where a member of the royal family distributes specially-minted coins known as “Maundy money” to recognize people for their service to their communities.
In a nod to his age, the King presented 74 men and 74 women with Maundy money to thank them for their community contributions.
The beneficiaries received two purses, with the white purse filled with specially minted coins equivalent to King Charles’ age of 74, and the red containing two commemorative coins, a tribute to the monarch’s traditional gift of food and clothing.
This year’s commemorative coins mark King Charles’ 75th birthday in November and the 75th anniversary of the Windrush Generation.
Preparations are in full swing for King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation, which will take place on May 6.
Buckingham Palace released the coronation invitation earlier this week, and decorations are going up around London, including graphics of King Charles wearing a crown.
The coronation, which will mark King Charles’ ascent to the throne, is expected to be a significant event, with many dignitaries from around the world expected to attend.