PRINCESS EUGENIE has issued a touching tribute to her grandmother the Queen as the Royal Family face spending Easter Day apart. This is Eugenie’s sweet message in full.
Princess Eugenie, 30, is understood to be spending lockdown with her mother Sarah Ferguson, 60, and father Prince Andrew, 60, at their family home in Great Windsor Park. Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are believed to have moved to the Royal Lodge before lockdown measures came into full effect.
The Royal Family usually comes together for several key events over Easter but this year the reunions have been called off amid the coronavirus crisis.
Churches across the UK are closed in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This meant the traditional Maundy Thursday service attended by Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Chapel Windsor did not go ahead this year.
As head of the Church of England, Easter is a particularly special time for the Queen and she usually takes part in a royal tradition at the Maundy service.
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Queen heartbreak: Eugenie attended the Maundy service with the Queen last year (Image: GETTY)
Every year the Queen hands out specially minted coins to community-minded pensioners who have been put forward by their diocese to receive the honour.
While the Queen usually enjoys this personal ceremony, this year the pensioners had to receive their coins in the post instead.
The Queen expressed her disappointment at not being able to meet the recipients in person in a letter that was sent out with the coins.
The Queen’s message read: “I have great pleasure in sending you the Maundy Gift which, unfortunately, I am unable to distribute to you personally at the Royal Maundy Service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Thursday, 9th April.”
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The message continued: “This ancient Christian ceremony, which reflects Jesus’s instruction to his disciples to love one another, is a call to the service of others, something that has been at the centre of my life.
“I believe it is a call to service for all of us.”
Princess Eugenie attended the Maundy service with the Queen last year and paid a heartfelt tribute to her grandmother after this year’s service was cancelled.
Posting on Instagram Eugenie wrote: “This time last year I had the great honour of attending the Royal Maundy Service with Her Majesty.
“This year the service could not take place due to this challenging time we find ourselves in.
“Head over to @theroyalfamily to see and learn more about this tradition that falls on the Thursday before Easter.”
The Easter Day service usually held at St George’s Chapel has also been cancelled this year.
However, on Saturday the Queen set a new royal precedent by issuing the first-ever Easter message of her 68-year reign.
In the message, she reassured Christians that “Easter isn’t cancelled” even if churchgoers face celebrating the holiday in private this year.
The Queen’s Easter message in full
The Queen issued the following heartfelt message from Windsor Castle on the eve of Easter Day.
Queen heartbreak: Eugenie and the Queen at Maundy service in 2019 (Image: GETTY)
The Queen said: “Many religions have festivals which celebrate life overcoming darkness.
“Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of candles.
“They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all faiths, and of none.
“They are lit on birthday cakes and to mark family anniversaries when we gather happily around a source of light. It unites us.
“As darkness falls on the Saturday before Easter Day, many Christians would normally light candles together.
“In church, one light would pass to another, spreading slowly and then more rapidly as more candles are lit.
“It’s a way of showing how the good news of Christ’s resurrection has been passed on from the first Easter by every generation until now.
“This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep each other safe.
“But Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever.
“The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this.
“We know coronavirus will not overcome us.
“As dark as death can be- particularly for those suffering with grief – light and life are greater.
“May the living flame of Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.
“I wish every one of all faith and denominations a blessed Easter.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK