In my family, Easter is usually celebrated by bingeing on candy in the morning, tucking into a ham feast before noon and — inevitably — plenty of napping for the rest of the day. It may not be super-glamorous, but it’s tradition. Whether or not you celebrate Easter like this (or at all), you won’t be shocked to hear that the British royals do Easter Sunday a tad differently.
As the head of the Church of England, it makes sense that for Queen Elizabeth II, the holiday is more about spirituality and religious rituals than egg hunts, mimosas and brunch. Every Easter Sunday, the queen attends annual services at St. George’s Chapel, a church near Windsor Castle. In a sweet tradition, local kids come to visit the queen and gift her with bright bouquets of spring flowers after church. Cue the awws (and photo ops)!
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While Easter egg hunts do take place at Buckingham Palace, the Palace at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and Windsor Castle, the queen spends her day with her family in quiet observation of the holiday
The queen’s schedule during the week before Easter, however, is a different story. On Maundy Thursday — the Thursday before Easter — the queen travels to a different cathedral and gives out Maundy Money, funds awarded to citizens who are active in their churches and communities. So far, she’s visited every Anglican cathedral in England, a pretty impressive feat if you ask me.
The Easter Bunny might not be too happy that the queen doesn’t go crazy for candy every year, but her low-key, respectful observance of the holiday is, as always, in keeping with the modest persona she’s cultivated since her coronation so many years ago. If nothing else, the queen can be counted on to be a class act.
And, hey — more candy for us, right?