Easter is the Cambridge family holiday for which we have very little precedent. Christmas was a little uncertain, but it seems the two are trying to respect the Royal Family's Sandringham tradition, while still involving the Middletons, but we have no pattern at all for Easter. In 2011, it came before the Royal Wedding, and William spent it with Kate and the Middletons in Bucklebury. That year, Easter Sunday fell on the 24th, and a less than a week later, the couple were married, so I imagine that they needed that low-key time to prepare for the microscope that was about to come into very sharp focus. Just three days after the holiday, Kate was spotted putting the final touches to her wedding arrangements:
Perhaps, we were starting to see a pattern of sharing when the two then spent their first Easter as a married couple in Scotland with Charles and Camilla. They were spotted attending Easter Sunday services at the Crathie Kirk. US Weekly reported at the time:
"It was a beautiful service," the royal aide says. "Afterwards, they were back at Balmoral for Sunday lunch."
William had only recently returned from his tour in the Falklands, and William and Kate had flown almost directly to France for a ski holiday with the Middletons, which doubtless they considered an early Easter celebration, among other things.
In 2013, they were quietly ensconced in Anglesey. Kate was pregnant with George, but had been carrying a relatively full calendar. The couple attended the Sunday service at St. Cadwalader, where they graciously signed the visitors book. Just four days later, they flew north to Scotland for two days of engagements.
We all know where the Cambridge family celebrated Easter Sunday in 2014. Last year, we were all hopped up on coffee and adrenaline as Kate absolutely stunned in a cool, grey ensemble from Alexander McQueen and Jane Taylor:
Later in the day, and in keeping with the family-centered holiday, they took George to the zoo for one of the most hotly anticipated events of the tour. Opening the bilby pen named in the little prince's honor.
It was only later that photos emerged of Kate and William, fully dressed for their morning Easter service clothes, kneeling in the grass enjoying their son's first Easter egg hunt!
This year, Kate was spotted on a number of occasions in the past week. The two must have spent Palm Sunday in Norfolk, since the Duchess was seen shopping on, of all days, April 1st. A young man who works at a Currys (computer store) in King's Lynn described his excitement seeing Kate arrive with a security entourage, to pick up a printer. Apparently, she had six officers with her, and was driving herself in one of two Range Rovers. Additionally, she picked up kitchen supplies, maybe for something she was preparing for today?
Meanwhile, stories are circulating that Kate had "feminine" paint samples delivered to Anmer. The Express reported:
The Duchess of Cambridge fuelled speculation yet again after a set of expensive feminine paint samples by Oxford interior design company Annie Sloan were understood to be supplied to the royals.
|Henrietta, Antoinette, Emile|
I believe the origin of the story is the Daily Mail. That is full-disclosure, kids, and I submit it to you without a hint prejudice for any party. The piece continues:
If the paint rumors are true to begin with, those might be baby room colors, but honestly, they seem to be universal enough that they could just be for an airy and relaxed morning room. I wouldn't head straight to your local bookie and max-out on you betting limit.According to the Daily Mail the colours are understood to be Henrietta, a ‘beautiful rich complex pink with a hint of lilac’, Antoinette, a ‘soft pale pink with a hint of brown’, reminiscent of ‘old-fashioned roses and the colour of old plaster’ and Emile, a ‘warm soft aubergine colour with pink red undertones’.
The Queen celebrated Easter at Windsor, as she does every year. In some sense, the Cambridges have set an Easter precedent, simply by not having set any precedent. Without any hard and fast habits, they do not have to answer to the expectations of the public or either family, and are free to juggle the holiday as it fits their personal needs and schedule. I suspect that William and Kate will maintain Easter as their own holiday, to spend as they choose, for as long as possible. That seems a very healthy balance for a young family.
I wish you and yours a joyous Easter! I suggest alternating between chocolate and champagne for the rest of the day... ;)