Obviously, things were a little different for the Royal Family’s traditional Easter celebrations this year. Here’s how the House of Windsor observed Easter AND social distancing.
Not a Typical Easter for the Royal Family
In years past, the Royal Family has gathered at Windsor Castle for Easter. They attend church and have lunch (usually roast lamb) followed by an Easter hunt for the kids.
Although the family usually celebrates Easter privately, this year the Queen recorded a message for the public:
“We know that coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be—particularly for those suffering with grief—light and life are greater,” she said.
“May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future. I wish everyone of all faiths and denominations a blessed Easter.”
Happy Easter from Kate and Wills
Queen Elizabeth said “[w]e need Easter as much as ever.” But the British Royal Family had to make major changes to how they observed the holiday this year. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted a lovely picture of Kensington Palace ringed with daffodils.
The Cambridges captioned the picture with the message, “Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.” They added a hashtag #StayHomeSaveLives, reinforcing the idea that we should all remain indoors if at all possible.
Now, one could argue that it’s a bit easier to stay at home when you’re a multimillionaire who lives in a literal mansion. But at least William and Kate are using their platform to remind everyone that social distancing is working and we can’t give it up now.
Charles and Camilla Did Daffodils Too
Prince Charles and Camilla also shared a photo of daffodils on Easter.
Charles still found a way to take part in the Easter services this year. On Instagram, he announced: “The Prince recorded a reading of John 20: 1-18 earlier this week, which relates the story of Jesus’ resurrection. The reading can be heard in both a podcast by Westminster Abbey and a video Eucharist service from Canterbury Cathedral.”
Today, he followed up his Easter post with a message to the Commonwealth’s Sikh community. Today is Vaisakhi, a traditional festival in the Sikh faith, and it was oddly heartwarming to hear him deliver a speech of thanks and even say a few words in what I believe is Punjabi.
Honestly, the Clarence House Instagram has been doing a great job. While self-isolating at Birkhall in Scotland, Charles and Camilla have given us an unprecedented glimpse into their lives – including Camilla’s extremely untidy home office.