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Kate, Princess of Wales, and Prince William may have “deliberately” distanced themselves from Prince Andrew while the whole family attended the annual royal Easter Sunday service in Windsor last weekend, an expert says. Due to the family nature of the event the Duke of York was invited, however royal commentators noticed the future King and Queen never appeared too close to Andrew in a possibly “choreographed” move.
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The Waleses were joined by their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who were also kept away from any possible photo opportunities with their great-uncle.
On this week’s edition of True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat Professor Anna Whitelock said of Andrew’s appearance at the church: “There was a sort of deliberate choreography in that he was next to Princess Anne, he was close to the front, he wasn’t sort of trailing at the back.
“Whether it’s him that wants to push up the front, you know he does like those moments and those opportunities to get in front of the camera, or whether it was sort of a much more choreographed thing, who knows?”
Since stepping down as a working royal there has been speculation that Andrew was planning to re-enter public life through writing a memoir, although these rumours have been denied by royal insiders.
The Sun’s royal editor Matt Wilkinson added: “This was a family event. My understanding from the people I was speaking to, they weren’t sayingthat this was some kind of return to work or trying to improve his reputation or get him out there in the public….
[but] these things aren’t left to chance.
“I don’t think there was a photograph of Andrew with William and Kate and the children…. I think the Cambridges did hold back so they weren’t standing there with him.”
King Charles and Queen Camilla led the way at Sunday’s Easter Day Mattins, the first such service since the death of Queen Elizabeth last September.
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The service will have been even more poignant given that the 15th century St George’s Chapel is the Queen’s final resting place and where her committal service was held.
Elizabeth II is buried in the church’s King George VI Memorial Chapel, alongside Prince Philip, her late husband and her late parents George VI and the Queen Mother, with their four names inscribed on a new black stone slab set in the floor.
Easter Sunday this year also fell on April 9, the two-year anniversary of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Despite any potential sadness the Queen Consort and Princess of Wales looked resplendent in royal blue, with other royals including Charlotte and Louis sporting similar hues in their outfits.
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Camilla wore a blue coat dress by Anna Valentine and hat by Philip Treacy, accessorised with a diamond love knot brooch.
Kate’s stunning outfit and matching pill-box hat was by Lock and Co., while she sported a deep red nail varnish in a more unusual choice for the princess.
Other royals seen at the service were a heavily pregnant Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Tindalls and their daughters Mia and Lena and Princess Beatrice with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Edward and Sophie, the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, were in attendance with their son James, Earl of Wessex, however their daughter Lady Louise was not present.
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