Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Royals with Queen at Easter service

The Queen will attend an Easter service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Queen will attend an Easter service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Members of the Royal Family were led by the Queen at the traditional Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle.

A crowd of well-wishers gathered outside St George's Chapel to see the royals as they arrived for the Mattins service on a cold March morning.

The Queen, who was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, wore a long pink coat and matching hat accessorised by a flower.

Princess Eugenie wore a cream dress and hat with a black coat, while her sister, Princess Beatrice, wore a turquoise dress and coat, with a yellow hat. Their father, the Duke of York, was also at the service. The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrived with their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor. Sophie wore a blue suit and a peacock feather hat.

Hymns sung during the hour-long service, conducted by Dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, included A Brighter Dawn Is Breaking and Jesus Christ Is Risen Today.

The Queen was presented with posies of flowers by children as she left the chapel.

Five-year-old twins Holly and Poppy Alden were chosen as their father, Ben, sings in the chapel's choir.

"I said 'happy Easter Your Majesty' and did a curtsey," Poppy said. Her mother, Francesca, added: "It's something special for us and for the children. It will be a memory that they'll keep."

Daniel Phillips, seven, travelled to Windsor from Cornwall with his brother and their parents. He said: "I gave her my flowers and she said 'thank you very much'. I was nervous because she's the Queen."

After the service, the Queen and Prince Philip smiled towards the crowd of well-wishers as they left by car.

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