As we speak, families up and down the country are currently searching for chocolate eggs hidden in the most obscure nooks and crannies around the house – and I’m not just talking about the children! But have you ever wondered how Her Majesty The Queen spends her Easter break? Well, Royal Circular has all the answers for you!
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Like everyone, Her Majesty The Queen sees Easter as a time for family and typically The Royal Family celebrate Easter at Windsor Castle. Along with her family members, The Queen will attend an Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel. It is likely – as they do on the Sandringham Estate on Christmas Day – that crowds will gather to wish Her Majesty and her family a ‘Happy Easter’ and after the service, The Queen will receive a bouquet of flowers from local children who have also attended.
One of the main traditions of The Queen’s Easter has already happened. The distribution of Maundy Money on Maundy Thursday sees Her Majesty head to a different Cathedral in a different city each year on the Thursday before Easter. The centuries-old tradition sees the Monarch hand out special coins to men and women in recognition of their contribution to both their church and the local community. The tradition began in 600AD but it was Her Majesty’s idea to take the ceremony nationwide – a tradition she began at the start of her reign.
While Her Majesty The Queen may not partake in a Chocolate Easter Egg Hunt, in the past several of the Royal Palaces have hosted Easter Egg Hunts for families to enjoy. The Palace of Holyrood House, Windsor Castle and the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace all opened their doors in 2017 for an Easter Egg Hunt to remember. With admission prices free, children and adults were invited to make and decorate their own eggs as well as follow a treasure trail to find an array of chocolate treats.
While we don’t know whether The Queen is partial to a Cadbury’s Creme Egg or a box of Ferrero Rocher, what we do know is that Her Majesty has her own works of art inspired by actual easter eggs in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace.
The collection includes pieces by the great Russian goldsmith, Peter Carl Faberge. The Colonnade Egg Clock was added to the collection by The Queen’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, as was the Mosaic Egg and the Magnificent Basket of Flowers Egg which was originally commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II as an Easter present for his wife, Tsarina Alexandra.
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So now we have an idea of what Her Majesty The Queen gets up to at this time of year, Royal Circular would like to wish you and your family a Very Happy and Peaceful Easter.
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