Ten Times The Royals Wore Their Sunday Best on Easter

Traditionally on each Easter Sunday a special church service is attended by members of the royal family who are invited to Windsor Castle by Queen Elizabeth II.

Over the past two years, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the service has not taken place in the form that it usually would. Though it has not been announced whether the royal family will attend a service this year, especially given the queen's recent mobility and health issues, past years have afforded an opportunity for those present to dust off their Sunday best in a respectful yet fashionable way for the special occasion.

Here Newsweek looks at ten time the royals wore some truly memorable Easter fashions:

Princess Diana, Easter 1987

Never one to disappoint the sartorially-minded onlooker, Princess Diana wore some of her most memorable daytime looks for the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel. In 1987 she even included Prince William in the fun.

For her appearance at the service Diana wore an elegant pale blue coat with white piping and statement buttons by her friend and favorite designer, Catherine Walker. To match her, Diana dressed four-year-old William in a coat of the same color with white piping and a peter pan collar.

Princess Diana and Prince William Easter 1987
Princess Diana wore a blue Catherine Walker coat to the Easter Sunday Service, April 19, 1987. To match her, Diana dressed four-year-old William in a coat of the same color with white piping and a peter pan collar. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Princess Diana, Easter 1991

Easter 1991 saw Diana wear one of her most trusted styles, the coat dress. In that year her outfit was designed by Catherine Walker in a pink and white checked pattern with large statement gold and pearl buttons. To accompany the outfit the princess wore a large brimmed matching hat with a delicate fringe of veilling.

Princess Diana Easter 1991
Princess Diana wore a pink Catherine Walker coat dress with matching hat to the Easter Sunday service in Windsor on March 31, 1991. Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Queen Mother, Easter 1992

The Queen Mother often appeared at royal events in important jewelry and imposing embellished dresses. For the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel in 1992 though, the nonagenarian appeared in a vibrant red coat under which highlights of her floral patterned day dress could be seen. The Queen Mother was rarely seen during the day without a hat and this year she matched her coat with one of her favored wide-style designs. Prince William was photographed this year touchingly assisting his great-grandmother up the chapel steps to her car.

Queen Mother Easter 1992
The Queen Mother wore a vibrant coat with matching hat and contrasting floral print dress when she appeared at the Easter Sunday service with Prince William, on April 1, 1991. UK Press/Getty Images

Princess Diana, Easter 1992

Princess Diana attended the Easter Sunday service in 1992 wearing a flattering longline blazer in primrose yellow over a matching pleated skirt with contrasting navy hem. The princess wore a matching hat with yellow piping and was seen laughing with her two sons, William and Harry, following the service.

Princess Diana Easter 1992
Princess Diana wore a primrose yellow ensemble to the Easter Sunday Service at Windsor Castle on April 1, 1992. Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images/Jayne Fincher/Getty Images

Sophie Wessex, Easter 2012

Sophie, Countess of Wessex is married to the queen's youngest son Prince Edward. The queen is very close to her daughter-in-law who lives close by to Windsor Castle and she is often included in events such as the Easter Sunday celebrations. In 2012 Sophie wore a shocking pink outfit with asymmetric pleated detailing along the front. She paired the ensemble with a large matching hat and appeared alongside her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, who was a bridesmaid at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011.

Sophie Wessex Easter 2012
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, seen with her daughter Lady Louise Windsor, wore a shocking pink coat to the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel, Windsor on April 8, 2012. Indigo/Getty Images

Princess Anne, Easter 2015

Princess Anne, the queen's only daughter, often attends the Easter Sunday service with her mother and is known for her interesting fashion choices—sometimes wearing dresses and coats decades apart. To the Easter service in 2015 the princess wore an elegant boucle tweed coat with a matching dress and statement diamond brooch.

Princess Anne Easter 2015
Princess Anne wore a blue boucle wool tweed coat and matching dress in pale blue to the Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on April 5, 2015. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Kate Middleton, Easter 2017

Kate Middleton did not start attending the Easter Sunday services until 2017. Before then she had either been on foreign visits or private engagements. For her first year at the Windsor service the duchess wore a chic Catherine Walker coat dress, which can be viewed as a subtle yet touching tribute to Princess Diana, and a pillbox style hat in a matching shade of cream with a champagne silk border.

Kate Middleton Easter Sunday 2017
Kate Middleton wore a cream Catherine Walker coat dress to the Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on April 16, 2017. Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Queen Elizabeth II, Easter 2018

The queen is the standout star of the Easter Sunday celebrations at Windsor Castle and has adapted her style of dressing over her 70-year reign to ensure that whether she is in a crowd of 10 or 10,000 she is instantly recognizable.

For the 2018 service the monarch wore a purple coat with contrasting printed floral dress beneath in the same vein as the Queen Mother. Pinned to her coat the queen wore an antique diamond and pearl brooch, which she began wearing in the earliest years of her reign in the 1950s.

Queen Elizabeth II Easter 2018
Queen Elizabeth II wore a purple ensemble with a large diamond and pearl brooch to the Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/Karwai Tang/WireImage

Queen Elizabeth II, Easter 2019

To her most recent Sunday service appearance the queen wore a blue silk coat with a shocking pink dress. The monarch also wore an important brooch from her collection made in the form of a basket of flowers. She was given this brooch by her father when she gave birth to Prince Charles and she has worn it regularly since.

Queen Elizabeth II Easter 2019
Queen Elizabeth II wore a blue coat and matching hat with a contrast shocking pink dress and black accessories to the Easter Sunday service in Windsor on April 21, 2019. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/Kirsty Wigglesworth/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton, Easter 2019

To the 2019 Easter Sunday service Kate Middleton re-wore an outfit she had debuted at another Easter service in New Zealand in 2014. The dove gray coat dress was made by the designers of her wedding dress, Alexander McQueen, and the duchess paired it with a hat by Jane Taylor. In another nod to her wedding, Kate also wore the earrings which had been a present to her from her parents and which she wore on her big day in 2011.

Kate Middleton Easter 2019
Kate Middleton wore a dove gray Alexander McQueen coat dress to the Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on April 21, 2019. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images
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Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton Easter
Each year the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle sees the royals dust off their Sunday best clothes in the presence of the queen. The queen, left, photographed at Windsor Castle, on April 1, 2018 and Kate Middleton, right, photographed on April 16, 2017. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/