Queen looks ahead to 'brighter future' in lockdown statement
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Buckingham Palace announced last week Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday celebration will be cancelled for the second year in a row as the coronavirus pandemic continues impacting the lives of everyone. But when it comes to Easter, how much will the Queen have to sacrifice?
What will the Queen do on Easter?
The Queen usually spends Easter in Windsor, staying at Windsor Castle.
Every year, she attends a church service on Easter Sunday at St George’s Chapel.
In 2020, it was confirmed that the Queen and Prince Philip were in Windsor, but they weren’t seen attending church as usual.
This year, however, the Queen has received her covid vaccine, so she might try to attend church.
Other than church on Easter Sunday, the Queen usually spends the holiday privately with family.
She distributes Maundy Money each year on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, which will still happen this year.
However, in usual times she travels to a different cathedral across the country to hand out special coins to men and women in recognition for their contribution to their community and church, which won’t take place in 2021.
Easter egg hunts on palace grounds that have previously been opened up to the public will also be cancelled.
This year, it is expected the Queen will go for a brief service at church and then head back to Windsor Castle.
Current Covid rules do allow places of worship to open, but with strict social distancing in place.
Services should be carried out in the shortest possible time and worshippers should keep a 2m (6ft) distance from anyone not from their own household or support bubble.
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People must not mingle with anyone not in their own household or support bubble and should be “encouraged to move on promptly” afterwards.
While it’s hard to imagine anyone ushering the Queen out of her church, it’s likely she’ll be on the cautious side anyway with her husband just out of hospital.
Earlier this month, the 99-year-old finally headed home after a month-long hospital stay for treatment.
The Duke was admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital in central London on 16 February after feeling unwell.
He later underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s.
He is now at Windsor Castle with the Queen.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the Duke was discharged “following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition”.
“His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him… and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he “continues to wish Prince Phillip a speedy recovery”.
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