The Duchess of Cambridge greeted the Queen with a curtsey as the royal family arrived for an Easter Sunday church service in Windsor today.
Kate, 35, beamed as she elegantly shifted one leg behind the other when the monarch, 90, arrived at St George’s Chapel, near Windsor Castle, this morning.
The duchess, who wore a custom-made cream coat by favourite designer Catherine Walker for the occasion, was joined by her husband Prince William, who bowed his head in a show of deference towards his grandmother.
Kate always curtsies to the Queen however this is rarely seen in public as it only happens the first time the two meet on a given day.
Witnessing the Duchess of Cambridge curtseying to the Queen is a rare sighting – but there’s a reason behind it.
According to one royal expert, it would usually take place behind closed doors unless it is the first time that Kate has seen the Queen that day.
This suggests that Kate and William travelled separately to the Queen without spending any time with her prior to their church service.
Speaking to People Magazine about the protocol, Joe Little, managing editor Majesty magazine, said: ‘It is rare, but it indicates that this was the first time that the Duchess saw the Queen. It would normally happen in private.
‘It’s unusual to see it in public but not unique. That would have been the first communication between them on that day.’
Accompanied by Prince Philip, The Queen, who wore a vibrant turquoise coat and hat, arrived at the chapel by car while other members of the royal family, including William and Kate, made the journey on foot.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie both opted for spring-hued ensembles for the service and were seen speaking to Autumn Phillips, Princess’ Anne’s daughter-in-law, on the walk down from the castle.
Princess Eugenie, 27, wore a classic beige trench coat-style dress with a cocktail hat by London-based millinery brand Goldust Millinery. Her sister Beatrice, 28, opted for a white, high-collared dress with intricate detailing. She paired the ultra-feminine frock with a gold hat.
Meanwhile Autumn Phillips, who was joined by her husband Peter, brought a splash of colour to the proceedings in an eye-catching cobalt blue coat. She wore her long blonde locks loose around her shoulders and topped off the look with a striking black hat.
Prince Edward, his wife Sophie the Countess of Wessex and children Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn were also in attendance.
Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were also seen arriving at the chapel.
Dozens of people waited outside for the royal arrival, and clapped as the monarch entered the church through the Galilee Porch.
The Easter Mattins Service was officiated by the Dean of Windsor, The Right Revd David Conner.
© Associated Newspapers Ltd Kate curtseyed and William bowed his head as they greeted the Queen, seen wearing turquoise, outside the church
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked in excellent spirits as they walked to St George’s Chapel this morning
Spring style: The Queen’s turquoise hat was decorated with delicate pink blossoms
Kate beamed as she stood alongside Princess Eugenie, left, Princess Beatrice and her husband Prince William at the church
Classic look: Kate wore her brown locks swept back in a low chignon with a matching cream hat perched on top
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The Duchess of Cambridge attended an Easter service in Windsor with the rest of the Royal family today and as ever she was impeccably dressed.
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Royal line-up (from left to right): Princess Anne, Autumn and Peter Phillips, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and Kate and William all wait to greet the Queen, in the foreground, and Prince Philip outside the church this morning
William and Kate today.
b:vjs_video_3The Royal family attend an Easter Sunday service in Windsorvjs_video_3_html5_apifLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%w0:00PreviousfPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time0:00/Duration Time1:24tFullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pmhnjForeground—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan-Princess Anne, centre, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, right, arrive for the church service
From left to right, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie the Countess of Wessex and her children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, walked to the chapel on foot
William and Kate looked the picture of happiness as they walked side by side to the chapel this morning.