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Royal family turns out in force for Easter Sunday service at Windsor

The royal family has turned out in force for the first Easter Sunday service of the King’s reign, with even Prince Andrew making a rare public appearance.

The King, Queen Consort, other senior royals and lower-ranked relatives attended St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Blue was a dominant colour in the Easter fashions as the extended family enjoyed the bright spring sunshine ahead of the morning service.

The King and Queen Consort arrived wearing matching royal blue outfits, with him in a suit and his wife wearing a long dress.

They were followed closely behind by the Duke of York and Princess Royal.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were joined by their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis.

Kate wore a marine blue dress and matching pill-box hat.

William and Prince George walked side by side wearing matching navy suits, while Princess Charlotte held her father’s hand.

Prince Louis made his Easter service debut wearing a suit jacket and light blue shorts.

Young Louis makes his Easter service debut holdings hands with the Princess of Wales. Photo: Getty

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh arrived with their son James, Earl of Wessex. His older sister, Lady Louise, was absent.

Princess Beatrice and her husband, Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi, also attended the service, a staple in the royal calendar, as did her sister Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, and Zara and Mike Tindall and their two daughters, Mia and Lena.

It was likely to have been a moving moment for the royal family, with the 15th-century chapel being the late Queen Elizabeth’s final resting place and the Easter Sunday service the first since her death.

Elizabeth II is buried in the church’s tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel, alongside her husband Prince Philip and her parents, George VI and the Queen Mother. The names of all four are inscribed on a black stone slab set in the floor.

The King has succeeded his mother to become the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

In less than a month, he will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort in a religious service in Westminster Abbey.

Mike and Zara Tindall (centre), plus Princess Beatrice (right) and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, arrive for the Easter service. Photo: Getty

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