What happens after Royal Family Easter service – traditional roast and luxurious chocolate eggs

The Easter weekend is an important part of the year for King Charles and the rest of the Royal Family, and whilst they are always seen attending church together to mark the holy weekend, The Mirror breaks down what they get up to behind closed doors

The Royals are in for a very different Easter this year(Samir Hussein/WireImage)

This Easter weekend won’t be like any other for the Royal Family, who are facing a challenging period following two shock cancer diagnoses.

King Charles’ appearance at the annual Easter church service in Windsor comes after weeks of the monarch being unable to take part in “public-facing duties,” as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Despite the King’s presence this Easter Sunday, it hasn’t been entirely business as usual this holy week, with Charles missing the Maundy Thursday service, leaving Queen Camilla to take the lead at Worcester Cathedral and distribute the traditional gifts on his behalf.

However, His Majesty made his presence known through an audio recording, in which he gave a reading from the Gospels and a personal message to the congregation. As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, it’s understandable that Charles was so keen to be there in person on Easter Sunday, however the Princess of Wales has taken a step away from public duty as she focuses on her recovery with preventative chemotherapy for her cancer.

Whilst the annual church service in Windsor is the highlight of the religious festival for the royals, they also have some longstanding traditions they are known to follow afterwards, behind closed doors.

Traditional roast

Charles and Camilla will lead the royals at Easter(Getty Images)

The Royal Family – like many people – share special family meals over the long weekend. Kicking off on Good Friday, Windsor starts “buzzing” with royals, according to former royal chef, Darren McGrady.

The Windsors share hot cross buns for breakfast, and later tuck into a traditional fish dinner – usually hake according to McGrady. The former royal chef explained to OK magazine: “Easter Court was alive and buzzing when the whole family came to Windsor in those days. We were busy making Hot Cross Buns for breakfast on Good Friday and the kitchens were full of hustle and bustle.

The chef explained that on Easter Sunday itself, after the family had returned from church, they were treated to a four-course roast dinner. “We’d go straight into the main course – a traditional roast lamb with seasonal vegetables,” he explained, adding that the late Queen Elizabeth was partial to “her meat well done so she’d always have the first two slices.”

McGrady added: “They’d also have a compound salad served in a kidney dish attached to the plate – just some lettuce and cucumber with a little mint or some grated carrot and coriander.” During his tenure as a royal chef, the late Queen preferred to use delicious local ingredients, and one of her favourite components was Windsor cheese made in a nearby Dairy.

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