Royal family attend Easter service at Windsor Castle

Royal family attend Easter service at Windsor Castle

Luke Matthews

Royal family attend Easter service at Windsor Castle

Members of the Royal Family braved the damp conditions at Windsor Castle to attend the Matins Service at St George's Chapel this morning. 

The arrival of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Galilee Porch coincided with the rain and the pair hastily made their way inside to avoid the showers.

Also in attendance were Princess Anne, Princess Eugenie and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Easter Sunday service began at 10.45am and lasted about an hour. It featured a programme of hymns including This Joyful Eastertide and Rise, Heart; Thy Lord is Risen.

Readings and prayers were also given, with the sermon being conducted by The Right Reverend David Conner KCVO, Dean of Windsor.

There was no traditional presentation of flowers to the Queen this year and due to refurbishment work taking place in the Deanery, the Royal Family departed through a private door.

They did, however, drive back past the expectant but modest crowd which had gathered outside the chapel as they returned to the Upper Ward of the castle to close the service.

Her Majesty, who wore a light blue coat and matching hat, will celebrate her 88th birthday tomorrow.

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