The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are usually sticklers for royal protocol, but on Easter Sunday the couple reportedly broke one important rule.
During the weekend, the royal family attended their traditional Easter service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – the place where Harry and Meghan are soon to marry.
While Catherine and William made sure to make the trip from her parent’s home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, for the mass, they broke one key royal rule on the day.
The couple – who left George and Charlotte at home – showed up to the service some minutes late. Their delayed arrival to the mass meant that they arrived after the Queen, who is traditionally meant to be the final member of the family to arrive anywhere.
Reportedly Catherine and William had been delayed by traffic during the 45-minute journey. And according to one royal reporter, the Queen was even looking for them as she arrived at the Windsor Castle location.
The royals, if attending an event all together, are usually required to arrive in order of rank. This rule of course means that the Queen is always the last person to show up.
So the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s late arrival was an unusual break in protocol for the couple – who are usually always careful to stick to the rules.
Many royal reporters and fans commented on the breach of protocol. However, others were quick to defend the Duchess of Cambridge in particular, for her late arrival.
One wrote on social media, “Maybe she wasn’t feeling well and decided to attend at last minute.”
While another agreed, writing, “She is 9 months pregnant…at least she made the effort to went [go]”. And a third fan said, “The Duchess is 9 months pregnant. Give them a break. At least they made it.”
Of course, it’s more than likely that the couple’s delayed arrival was an unfortunate mistake that wasn’t their fault – after all, we’ve all been caught by traffic at some point!
The arrival rule is however regularly adhered to by the royal family. In fact, the Queen was the last person to arrive at the Duke and Duchess’ wedding in 2011 – just ahead of Catherine herself, of course.
First to arrive at the Easter Sunday service were many of the other members of the royal family. Princess Anne lead the procession, and was closely followed by Princess Eugenie and her fiance, Jack Brooksbank.
Zara Tindall also debuted her baby bump with her arrival at the service. Princess Beatrice, and Autumn and Peter Philips were also in attendance at the ceremony.
One noticeably absent member of the family however was Prince Philip. The Queen’s husband was reportedly unable to attend the service due to an issue with his hip.
Also missing were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s said that the couple spent the day privately, after a string of public engagements and a busy few months preparing for their wedding.