It has been over a year since COVID-19 first closed public gatherings and changed lives as we know it around the world. As some things start to turn back on their pre-pandemic trajectory – like vaccinated members of the royal family once again making in-person appearances – others remain on the move. One such example: the Queen’s Easter tradition of going to St George’s Chapel with her family for holiday services.
Last year, of course, the cancellation of the traditional march was a given due to the first lockdown in the UK, but it looks like this year may not be a return to form. Although St. George’s Chapel remains temporarily closed to the public, reports suggest there will be an Easter service for residents of Windsor Castle, but the Queen is currently not expected to attend.
“The main concern is to avoid crowds gatherings,” a royal source told Express. “If we said she was going to church, the risk is that there will be a crowd. Instead, the Queen and her loved ones are now expected to worship on a private service to celebrate the holiday instead. This likely means that the other royals who usually accompany the Queen to church for Easter, like Prince Philip and the Cambridges, will not be making an appearance either.
The march to St. George’s is not the only part of the royal Easter plans that have been moved. On the Thursday before Easter, also known as Maundy Thursday, the Queen traditionally gives out special commemorative coins called “holy silver” to people who have done a good job in their churches and communities. Although she always delivered the exhibits in person, the ceremony was canceled last year at the start of the pandemic and the exhibits were mailed instead with a note from Her Majesty. This year, she undertook the same process, sending coins to 190 recipients with a letter of gratitude.
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