Easter Traditions Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family Are Forced To Do Differently This Year
For millions of families around the globe celebrating the Easter holiday this year will be very different and that goes for Britain’s most famous family as well.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to celebrate away from their loved ones and forgo a number of traditions during the holy week. Queen Elizabeth II and her family have found a way to still carry out some duties this year after several events were canceled. Read on to find out how the monarch and other royals including Prince Charles; Prince William; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and their children are celebrating annual traditions in this time of social distancing.
‘Maundy money’ delivered by mail
The royals usually gather at Windsor Castle to celebrate Easter together but this year the queen and Prince Philip are self-isolating at the castle while the rest of their family remain at their respective residences. The queen still found a way to observe one of her annual traditions though.
Every Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, a ceremony is held in which the monarch hands out special coins called “Maundy money” to people who have done charitable work for their churches and communities.
The tradition dates back centuries and the queen has only missed the event three times during her reign. Because the ceremony this year had to be canceled the 94 men and 94 women received their coinage by mail with a handwritten note from Queen Elizabeth.
“It is one of my most rewarding duties as sovereign to observe this highly significant ceremony at such an important point in the Christian calendar,” she wrote. “I know that you, as a Recipient of this year’s Maundy Gift, will be as deeply disappointed as I am that it is not going ahead, while understanding the necessary decision in the current circumstances. However, this should not mean your invaluable contribution within your community goes unnoticed.”
Prince Charles goes digital for Easter reading
Prince Charles has found a way to keep up his royal duties for the holiday as well.
The future king, who is recovering after testing positive for COVID-19, recorded an Easter reading for Westminster Abbey from his home. The Abbey, like most places of worship around the world, is closed so the reading will be released via its podcast feed Sunday morning
The tradition Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids won’t miss out on
As for Prince William and Kate, they are making sure their children still get to enjoy some Easter traditions while staying at home.
Even though Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis won’t be heading to grandma’s house this year for an Easter egg hunt, the Cambridges are still expected to have an egg hunt for them at their Anmer Hall home.
Earlier this week in a video call William said his kiddos will also have plenty of candy from the Easter Bunny.
“There will be a lot of chocolate being eaten here, don’t worry!” he told a group of children and staffers at a school in northern England where the kids of essential workers are attending during the pandemic.