Whether they’re spending Christmas at Sandringham, marking Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace or watching racing fanfare at Royal Ascot, the royals
know how to be consistent when it comes to their annual traditions.
And the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle is up there with the best of them when the religious occasion rolls around each year.
As with any royal event, it offers up a glorious spectacle of fashion, with members of the monarchy donning their Sunday best for the formal service – quite literally.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke tradition in 2014 when they celebrated Easter in Australia.
With the event held on Easter Sunday each year, the family no doubt look forward to gathering together and catching up with their nearest and dearest.
For the last two years things
have looked a little different for the royals, due to on and off lockdowns in the UK while the COVID-19 pandemic was at its worst.
But things are looking up in 2022, with most royals returning to face-to-face engagements and royal tours and plenty of hints that the Easter service will be going ahead this year.
In honour of the royal return to Easter fanfare, we’re reminiscing on some of their best Easter fashion statements in years gone by.
Ever the timeless fashion icon, Princess Diana set the precedent for Easter fashion in 1986 when she was pictured in this Victorian-esque navy ensemble with a matching pill box hat.
The following year, she one-upped her
past fashion-performances by matching her powder blue coat with her young son Prince William. And how sweet is Wills’ cousin Peter Philips?!
Here the Prince and Princess of Wales lead young Prince William and Lady Zara Phillips out of the church after the 1988 service, all of them looking stylish.
Young Prince Harry waved to the crowd whileolding tightly to mum Diana’s hand in 1989 – you can see her iconic engagement ring in this photo.
1992 Diana William
In 1992, Diana opted for a bright buttercup yellow look complete with a pleated skirt – topped off with some chocolate Easter eggs she and Wills were gifted as a treat!
Jump forward in time to 2014, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant as they attended Easter Sunday service in Australia – a rare break from royal tradition.
2017 Kate Wills
In 2017, Catherine and William were a right royal sight to behold at the annual service, and the duchess’ pillbox hat was reminiscent of Diana’s 1986 look.
She was even spotted showing off her perfect curtsey when the Queen arrived, which is no easy feat in those heels.
Pregnant with Prince Louis, Catherine’s baby bump was the perfect accessory alongside her chocolate brown hat and Catherine Walker coat in 2018.
In 2019, Catherine wore recycled her 2014 outfit, and we don’t blame her for wanting to wear this sleek Alexander McQueen ensemble again.
Pastels must have been big in 1987, when the Queen opted for this beautiful lilac coat with pink trimmings.
For the 1988 Easter Service the Queen chose an all-green ensemble, accessorising with black gloves and a patent leather bag.
The following year she and Prince Harry opted for complimentary red coats, the young prince dressing in a slightly darker hue.
How delightful are these blue flower applique’s on the coat the Queen wore to meet the public during a walkabout after the traditional Maundy Service in 2005?
Her Majesty donned a vibrant fuschia hat and coat over a floral patterned dress in 2018, matching the bouquets she was gifted beautifully.
In 2019 the monarch chose a vibrant blue textured coat and hat with colourful pops of pink, including a swipe of pink lipstick.
Zara Tindall, then Zara Phillips, looked divine in pink when she attended church with her mother Princess Anne in 2000.
In 2018 Zara Tindall attended the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George’s Chapel while heavily pregnant, but she still made a fashion statement.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex looked unreal in this vibrant pink number with her daughter Lady Louise Windsor for ther Easter Mattins service in 2012.
2013 Sophie Wessex
A hat to remember! Sophie opted for this peacock-inspired look in 2013 as she attended the Easter Sunday service.
In 2015, Sophie joined Autumn Phillips and Princess Beatrice along with her daughter Lady Louise in a floral-clad spectacle.
Like mother, like daughter – Lady Louise Windsor dressed up alongside Sophie for the annual event in 2018. Their jewel toned coats made for the perfect combo.
In 2020 and 2021, Easter looked a little bit different for the royals. Instead of their usual church service spent together, the royals stayed in lockdown in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but things are looking hopeful in 2022.