Prince William, Duchess Kate, more royals attend Easter service without Queen Elizabeth

The Associated Press

LONDON – Senior British royals, including Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate, went to church on Easter Sunday without the queen.

Queen Elizabeth II, who has been experiencing mobility problems, did not attend the service at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, a fixture in the royals' calendar.

William and Kate, known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were accompanied by two of their three children: Prince George, 8, and Princess Charlotte, 6.

Also in attendance were the queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, with his wife Sophie and their children, and Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew.

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Prince George shakes hands with the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, as he leaves Easter Sunday service with his parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and his sister, Princess Charlotte, April 17, 2022.

The queen, who turns 96 on Thursday, is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, marking 70 years on the throne.

She cut back on public duties on doctors' orders after spending a night in hospital in October, and also had a bout of COVID-19 in February. She attended a memorial service last month for her late husband Prince Philip, and has continued to meet virtually with diplomats and politicians.

Last week, she had a visit from her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed to USA TODAY – the first time the couple has visited the U.K. together since they stepped down as working royals in 2020 and moved to California.

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Contributing: Maria Puente and Edward Segarra, USA TODAY

Prince William, wife Duchess Kate and two of their three children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, attend Easter service on April 17, 2022.

Harry was last seen in the U.K. in July 2021 for the unveiling of a statue of his mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace in London. Previously, he traveled to the U.K. in April 2021 for Prince Philip's funeral, which was scaled back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Harry and Meghan visited the queen at Windsor, 20 miles west of London, on their way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. Harry is founder and patron of the international sports competition for wounded or ill military personnel and veterans.