Queen Elizabeth II is the second-oldest currently serving state leader by age
Joined for the Easter Mattins Service by the Cambridges and Prince Harry
Elizabeth II, who has a strong faith, usually celebrates Easter at Windsor Castle
Earlier today Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent birthday wishes to the Queen
The Queen looked radiant in a duck egg blue ensemble today as she celebrated her 93rd birthday by attending an Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel.
Her Majesty was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex at Windsor Castle today – though pregnant Meghan was nowhere to be seen.
Zara and Mike Tindall, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Sophie Countess of Wessex, her son James Viscount Severn, and Peter and Autumn Phillips and were also in attendance for the seasonal service.
Kate, 37, who wore a recycled lilac Alexander McQueen coat dress, beamed as she greeted her grandmother-in-law with a curtsey outside the chapel. She previously wore the gown in 2014 on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Earlier today the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent birthday wishes to Her Majesty, writing on Instagram: ‘Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.’
Prince Harry, 34, who walked towards the chapel beside Princess Anne as opposed to his brother William, 36, managed to match his tie to his grandmother’s colour scheme.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, who is expected to give birth any day now, was absent from the service. She and Harry released a statement last Thursday explaining the decision, revealing that they will also not be sharing any of the plans surrounding the birth, such as the date or the location.
Princess Beatrice arrived on the arm of her father Prince Andrew, wearing a blue embellished dress by Claire Mischevani and a copper cocktail hat by London milliner Juliette Botterill.
Like Kate, Zara Tindall also opted for a coat dress style, with a complimentary pale pink felt cocktail hat by Sarah Cant. Her former rugby player husband matched his tie to his wife’s pink accessories.
Elizabeth II, who has a strong faith, usually celebrates Easter at Windsor Castle by joining members of her family at a service in St George’s Chapel.
Later today at Buckingham Palace, the Band of the Irish Guards will perform a rendition of Happy Birthday in her honour on the forecourt as part of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Earlier this week The Queen was joined by her granddaughter Princess Eugenie for the annual Maundy Thursday service, which sees her offering commemorative coins to senior citizens.
The recipients are retired pensioners, recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations – in recognition of service to the Church and to the local community.
April 21, the day the Queen was born, is the first of the monarch’s two birthdays.
She also has an official one on the second Saturday in June each year, which is commemorated with the Trooping the Colour parade.
Gun salutes are also fired as a mark of respect to the Queen on her special day – but never on a Sunday, so this year they will be delayed by one day.
On Monday, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride their horses and gun carriages past Buckingham Palace en route to Hyde Park to stage a 41 Gun Royal Salute at noon.
A 62-gun salute will also be performed by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London at 1pm the same day.
The Queen became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, passing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record, in September 2015.
With the death of 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 2016, the Queen now holds the record for the world’s longest reigning living monarch.
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