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In pictures: The Royal Family attend the Easter Matins service in Windsor

In pictures: The Royal Family attend the Easter Matins service in Windsor

James Harrison

In pictures: The Royal Family attend the  Easter Matins service in Windsor

The Queen and Prince Phillip were joined by their family on Easter Sunday as they made their annual pilgrimage to Windsor Castle for the Easter Matins service.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by their children, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Princess Anne - as well as numerous grandchildren.

Notably absent, however, were Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who are currently believed to be in Scotland, celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also missing, while they await the arrival of their second child later this month.

And Prince Harry is also currently in Australia, about to begin a month-long placement with a special Aboriginal unit of the Australian Defence Force.

Shortly before the service was due to start, most of the Royals braved the Easter chill made the traditional walk down from the castle.

When they reached the entrance to the Chapel of St George they waited a few moments before being joined by the Queen and Prince Phillip, who arrived together by chauffeur driven car.

Among the navy blue favoured by most of the Royals on the day, the monarch stood out in a sky blue coat and matching hat.

Following the service, which lasted about an hour and featured hymns such as The Day of Resurrection and Jesus Christ is Risen Today, the monarch received the traditional bouquet of flowers from a child.

The lucky boy this year was Milo Fairman, seven, the grandson of Colonel Barrie Fairman, a Military Knight of Windsor.

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