The Mattins service takes place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Beaming King Charles and Queen Camilla lead royals at Easter Sunday service – best photos

When they left Windsor Castle on Sunday to attend the yearly Easter Mattins Service at St. George’s Chapel, King Charles and Queen Camilla were beaming.

The 75-year-old monarch was dressed impeccably in a smart coat and blue tie, and the couple looked happy as they arrived in a State Bentley. His cancer diagnosis was revealed in February, and this was his first significant public appearance since then.


Charles and Camilla appeared in high spirits
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While this was going on, Queen Camilla looked stunning in an emerald green coat dress by Anna Valentine. She accessorized it with a black suede boot and a Philip Treacy hat.

She added a pop of blush and a swipe of rosy pink lipstick to her springtime ensemble, along with a quilted black Chanel handbag as an accessory.


The royal couple were pictured beaming from ear to ear
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They were seen waving to a small group of royal admirers who had gathered to see the King and Queen when they arrived.

A number of senior royals arrived before the King and Queen, arriving in two Range Rovers: Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, and Sarah, the Duchess of York.


Queen Camilla looked her usual polished self in emerald green
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Prince Edward looked sharp in a pinstripe suit, while Duchess Sophie dazzled in a bright purple coat by Prada paired with a cream button hat for the special occasion.

The couple’s sixteen-year-old son James, Earl of Wessex, who was dressed nicely in a blue suit, was also present.


The royals attended the Easter Mattins service at Windsor Castle
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Princess Anne, who looked stylish in a mint green coat and a green feathered hat, and Sarah Ferguson, who made a statement in a fern-hued dress, both matched Queen Camilla’s springtime green ensemble.

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The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh smiled broadly ahead of the annual service
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Following the religious ceremony, a youthful well-wisher of the monarchy gave Queen Camilla a bouquet of vibrant yellow and white flowers, abundant with roses and eucalyptus. Following his walkabout at St George’s Chapel, a member of the public urged Charles to “keep going strong,” to which he replied, “I’m doing my best.”


Princess Anne was joined by her husband Sir Timothy Laurence
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Despite Princess Kate’s tearful announcement of her cancer diagnosis, the Prince and Princess of Wales did not attend. It’s believed that the Wales family will have a private Easter celebration, probably at Anmer Hall, their second residence. Their three children—Prince George, ten, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five—who aren’t expected to return to school until April 17—will be joining them.


The Earl of Wessex donned a smart navy suit for the special occasion
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The royals typically head back to Windsor Castle for a customary roast lamb lunch after the service. Easter egg hunts are a common sight at royal homes across the nation, though it’s unclear if the entire royal family participates.


Princess Anne looked lovely in mint green
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Following Queen Camilla’s representation of her husband at this year’s Royal Maundy service at Worcester Cathedral in the West Midlands, comes Sunday’s Easter service. In keeping with the King’s age, Camilla gave two purses—one red and one white—filled with Maundy money to 75 women and 75 men during the service.

King Charles, 75, expressed his “great sadness” at not being able to attend the service due to his ongoing medical treatment in a prerecorded speech that was played during it.


Sarah, Duchess of York turned heads in a vibrant green coat dress
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As the King went on, “This act of worship here in Worcester Cathedral reminds me of the vow I made at the start of the coronation service—to follow Christ’s example, which is ‘not to be served but to serve’.” that I have always made a sincere effort to accomplish and will keep doing so.”

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Queen Camilla was presented with a posy of flowers as she departed the Easter service
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King Charles has reduced his public appearances while receiving continuous treatment for an unidentified cancer. “During the King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted,” the palace said in a statement at the time of his diagnosis. A type of cancer has been identified by further diagnostic testing.”


The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester Cathedral greeted Queen Camilla ahead of The Royal Maundy Service at Worcester Cathedral   Photo: © Getty Images


Even though His Majesty canceled public appearances, he is still handling certain administrative duties, such as filing official documents. The palace released a statement on February 5th, saying: “His Majesty has started a regular treatment schedule today. During this time, doctors have advised him to delay engagements with the public. His Majesty will carry out routine official paperwork and State business during this time.”


King Charles is undergoing treatment for cancer
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It went on to say: “The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”


The monarch underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate earlier this year
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Early in February, Queen Camilla provided royal fans with a significant update regarding Charles’s health. She said to a critical care paramedic at a Wiltshire engagement at Salisbury Cathedral, “He’s doing extremely well under the circumstances, he’s very touched by all the letters and the messages the public have been sending from everywhere – that’s very cheering.”


The Mattins service takes place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
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In another instance, Peter Phillips recently discussed the monarch’s “frustration” in an interview with Sky News Australia. The King’s nephew clarified during the open discussion, saying, “I think, ultimately, he’s hugely frustrated.” Peter expressed his frustration at not being able to accomplish everything he desires. “But he is very pragmatic [and] he understands that there’s a period of time that he really needs to focus on himself.”

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