How the Royal family always masters elegant Easter style, from The Queen to the Duchess of Cambridge

Bethan HoltThu, 1 April 2021, 11:31 pm

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Mike and Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice on Easter Sunday in 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Mike and Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice on Easter Sunday in 2019

The Royal family’s Easter celebrations may not come with quite the anticipation of their Christmas Day appearances, but it’s nevertheless an important occasion for The Queen and her relatives, who usually mark Easter Sunday at St George’s chapel in Windsor, donning uplifting spring colours and statement millinery for the occasion.

With the usual service off the cards for the second year in a row, there will be no Easter style parade once more but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look back at the many highlights from over the years…

The Queen

As well as Easter Sunday, Her Majesty traditionally makes an appearance on Maundy Thursday to give ‘Maundy money’ to pensioners who have served their church and communities, a custom which dates back 600AD.

In 1965, the Queen arrived for the Maundy Thursday service wearing a magnificent feathered hat with a string of pearls and the Dorset bow brooch, a piece which was given to Princess Mary of Teck in 1893 by the county when she married the Duke of York – the couple went on to become King George V and Queen Mary and were The Queen’s grandparents.

The Queen in 1965 - AFP
The Queen in 1965 – AFP

In 1996, Her Majesty switched up her usual choice of bright coat by wearing a teal cape and striped hat on Easter Sunday.

The Queen leaves St George's chapel
The Queen leaves St George’s chapel

For the Maundy Thursday service in 2019, Her Majesty was accompanied by her granddaughter, Princess Eugenie. The two women were beautifully coordinated for their outing; The Queen chose a primrose yellow hat and coat which she finished with her Australian Wattle brooch, a design comprising 150 diamonds which was presented to her by the Australian Prime Minister in 1954. Meanwhile, Eugenie opted for a floral Erdem dress with pops of yellow to match her grandmother.

The Queen and Princess Eugenie at the Royal Maundy service in 2019 - Getty
The Queen and Princess Eugenie at the Royal Maundy service in 2019 – Getty

For that year’s Easter Sunday service, which fell on The Queen’s 93rd birthday, the monarch wore for a bright turquoise coat layered over a magenta dress bringing the look together with a flower-adorned hat.

The Queen on Easter Sunday in 2019 - AFP
The Queen on Easter Sunday in 2019 – AFP

Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales had a more experimental approach to Easter style, trying a variety of looks during the Eighties.

For 1986’s Easter Sunday service, she wore this Cossack-style purple skirt suit by Caroline Charles with a matching hat. With the frilled collar blouse underneath, this outfit epitomised the Princess’s ‘Shy Di’ style era.

Princess Diana on Easter Sunday in 1986 - Getty
Princess Diana on Easter Sunday in 1986 – Getty

For the 1987 service, the look changed entirely. Diana commissioned a pale blue double-breasted coat from Catherine Walker, her favourite designer, with a matching outfit for four-year-old Prince William. A rare display of mother-son dressing.

Diana, William and Peter Phillips at Easter in 1987 - Tim Graham
Diana, William and Peter Phillips at Easter in 1987 – Tim Graham

In 1991, the playful theme continued as Diana chose to match with the Duchess of York in a soft shade of baby pink. While Diana chose a gingham coat and matching wide-brimmed hat, Sarah Ferguson added black accents to her ensemble.

The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York in 1991 - Getty
The Princess of Wales and the Duchess of York in 1991 – Getty

Princess Anne

During a visit to Australia in 1988, Princess exuded Easter-chic in a floral sundress and matching boater hat as she visited the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

Princess Anne judging the Royal Easter Show - Getty
Princess Anne judging the Royal Easter Show – Getty

In 2007, the Princess was seen wearing this spring-chick yellow coat in public for the first time at the Easter service in Windsor. She has since worn it at least two more times, including for the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor at the same chapel in 2019.

Princess Anne in 2007 - Getty
Princess Anne in 2007 – Getty

The Princess Royal made a rather literal nod to Easter being the time we see the natural world blossom after a long, dark winter when she wore this straw hat decorated with fruit in 2009. It was the perfect Easter bonnet and an item which would chime with followers of the cottagecore trend today.

Princess Anne in 2009 - Getty
Princess Anne in 2009 – Getty

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also found themselves in Australia at Easter in 2014. Meeting a ram called Fred at the Royal Easter Show, Kate did modern diplomatic dressing in a white broderie anglaise dress by Australian label Zimmermann which she teamed with Stuart Weitzman wedges and an LK Bennett clutch bag.

Kate and William in Sydney in 2014 - Getty
Kate and William in Sydney in 2014 – Getty

Two days later, the Duchess attended the Easter Day service at St Andrew’s cathedral in Sydney, opting for a pale grey coat with a funnel neckline by her wedding dress designer, Alexander McQueen. Kate wore a matching hat by Jane Taylor London, finishing the look with LK Bennett heels and a McQueen clutch bag.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Andrew's cathedral. Sydney - Getty
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Andrew’s cathedral. Sydney – Getty

Five years later, the Duchess brought back the same look for the Easter Sunday service in Windsor, this time adding the bespoke Robinson Pelham earrings worn on her wedding day and a diamond and pearl oak and acorn brooch. She led Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice in a stylish walk to St George’s chapel.

The Royal Family attend the Easter service at St George's Chapel, Windsor - Wireimage
The Royal Family attend the Easter service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor – Wireimage

It was 2017 that Kate made her first appearance in Windsor for Easter. She channelled Jackie Kennedy in a cream Catherine Walker and co. coat and pillbox hat by Lock and co., adding The Queen’s diamond and pearl earrings to finish the look.

Kate and William at Easter in 2017 - Getty
Kate and William at Easter in 2017 – Getty

The following year, in 2018, the Duchess was pregnant with Prince Louis, who was born three weeks later. She chose to re-wear another Catherine Walker design, a chocolate brown coat first seen on St Patrick’s Day in 2015. She accessorised with a Lock and co. bow-embellished hat, pearl earrings and a pearl brooch

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Easter Sunday 2018 - Paul Grover
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Easter Sunday 2018 – Paul Grover

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