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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive late for Easter Sunday Service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the last to arrive at the Easter Sunday Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Sunday – heading into the Church after The Queen had arrived and the service had started. Other members of The Royal Family, who arrived on time, awaited Her Majesty’s arrival outside the entrance to the Chapel.
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Princess Anne, who led The Royal Family down the hill from Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel, stood aside and greeted The Queen upon her arrival to the Chapel – a role that perhaps should have been performed by Prince William had he and Kate arrived on time.

Princess Anne was joined by her husband Sir Timothy Lawrence and her son and daughter – Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were also present at the service alongside Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Prince Andrew was also in attendance as was his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie who was accompanied by her fiance, Jack Brooksbank.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not at the service with Kensington Palace describing their Easter weekend plans as ‘private’.
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William and Kate arrived at the door of St George’s Chapel after Her Majesty The Queen had entered the Chapel and the service had begun. When asked about the couple’s late arrival, Kensington Palace declined to comment though it was rumoured the couple were late because of bad traffic.

One person absent from the service for genuine reasons was The Duke of Edinburgh. Though it is understood that Prince Philip was not due to attend the service, his absence from a family gathering comes as quite a concern. The Duke of Edinburgh has missed two rare scheduled appearances in the last two weeks due to a problem with his hip.
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While this issue is not thought to be serious – Prince Philip was spotted driving in Windsor Great Park on Wednesday – the Duke has missed the Maundy Service with Her Majesty The Queen and an event at Windsor Castle to mark Prince Andrew’s new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

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