Prince William missed Easter with his family for a trip to Kenya

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated March 27, 2016 12:30 PM
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Keeping with tradition, most of the British royal family gathered at St George’s Chapel on the royal Windsor estate in England on Sunday to celebrate Easter.

Attending services in an array of pretty pastels, Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip were joined by some of their children and grandchildren.

Most of the women dressed up for the special holiday, donning festive hats and fascinators to the chapel.

Prince Edward‘s wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and 12-year-old daughter Lady Louise Windsor, entered the house of worship with Prince Andrew’s daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who were back in England from New York City.

The Queen, who will turn 90 in less than a month, looked sunny in a bright yellow coat, worn with a flower broach and matching straw hat, also adorned with flowers.

Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips joined with wife Autumn Philips, at one point keeping a close eye on Prince Edward and Sophie’s son James, Viscount Severn. Anne’s husband, Timothy Laurence, was also on hand for the services.

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Notably absent? Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry. Prince William and Princess Kate also missed out, as the former is traveling in Kenya for a friend’s wedding. William has been attending the St. George Easter service since his youth, getting dressed up alongside Charles and his late mother Princess Diana as far back as the 1980s.

This year is the first Easter for William and Kate’s new addition, daughter Princess Charlotte. William’s four-day trip to Kenya is expected to end on Sunday. The future king has kept most details of his travel private, but was expected to have attended the wedding of friend and former flame Jessica “Jecca” Craig on Saturday.