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Easter celebrations vary among Europe’s royal families, including painting eggs, centuries-old traditions, a message for all Christians and a photo on Instagram.
Easter Greeting from Marselisborg Palace
Queen Margrethe paints Easter eggs at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus during the days leading up to Easter.
During the early 1970s, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik began a tradition of painting Easter eggs with Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim.
They used hard-boiled eggs which were eventually eaten, or ones which were hollowed out and hung on branches as decorations.
The Queen still continues this tradition every year.
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Royal Maundy Service
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her granddaughter Princess Eugenie, attended Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on Thursday, 18 April 2019.
Royal Maundy is one of the Church of England’s most ancient ceremonies which commemorates Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples at the Last Supper and Washing of Feet.
The Maundy Service is held on the Thursday before Easter.
The Queen visits various cathedral and abbeys to give Maundy Money to local people.
This year, Queen Elizabeth distributed the Maundy Money, or alms, according to the number of years she has lived.
This year, she distributed 93 pence to 93 men and 93 women in recognition of their contribution to their community and the church.
The Maundy money is given in two small leather purses, a red and a white one.
On Sunday, 21 April, Queen Elizabeth will be attending the Easter Sunday service and celebrate her 93rd birthday.
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Today, The Queen attended Royal Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel. Royal Maundy is one of the most ancient ceremonies retained in the Church of England. Monarchs including Elizabeth I have taken part in the custom, which falls on the Thursday before Easter and commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. Accompanied by her granddaughter @princesseugenie, The Queen commemorates Maundy by offering ‘alms’ to retired pensioners, who have been recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of their service to the church and to the local community. #RoyalMaundy 📷 1 & 3 PA Images
Easter Wishes From Serbia
Crown Prince Alexander has sent his warmest wishes to all believers who celebrate Easter according to the Gregorian calendar.
On the occasion of Easter, the greatest feast of the Christian world, I extend my cordial greetings to all believers who celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, Easter is the most important holiday. This is a special and sacred time of the year! This Easter, too, families and friends will gather to celebrate it together. After fasting, to celebrate joyfully the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, to think about his life and teachings of kindness, tolerance, compassion and forgiveness! I wish you to spend the Holidays in peace, happiness and tranquility.
Princess Madeleine’s Bunnies
Princess Madeleine of Sweden shared an adorable photo of her three children, Princess Leonore,Princess Adrienne and Prince Nicolas, holding Easter baskets, from their home in Florida.
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Princess Madeleine, her husband Christopher O’Neill and their three children will be returning to Sweden for the summer holidays.