King Charles attended church on Easter & mingled with well-wishers

As previewed endlessly last week, King Charles made a public appearance on Easter Sunday. He hath risen! He and Queen Camilla went to the Easter service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, and they were joined by some of the royal family, although not Prince William or Kate or their kids. You know what? I think Charles looks pretty good, all things considered. If you told me that his doctors gave him some kind of “vitamin shot” and the palace makeup artists were called in, I would believe you. But the man looks spry!

It was clear that Buckingham Palace was trying to tamp down expectations overall for this appearance, briefing that the plan was “Easter Lite.” As in, Charles was still trying to avoid crowds and that he would not host an Easter lunch for the family. So I was surprised that Charles actually went over to the well-wishers and shook hands and chatted with people – I thought this would be a much more conservatively stage-managed appearance, with Charles basically just waving at people as he went into the chapel. But no, he mingled with the crowd, and there really was a nice-sized crowd there. The palace is also telling everyone that they hope this will be the first event of a slowly increased public schedule for Charles, and that he might start doing investitures again as well.

I have a question: why are so many outlets – including British outlets – running stand-alone stories about how the Wales family didn’t go to church in Windsor? We knew they wouldn’t, they said it outright two Fridays ago and no one was expecting William and Kate to show up for Easter. Why are so many outlets underlining that??

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  1. Carmen says:

    No reason William couldn’t take the kids to church.

    All these crazy conspiracy theories about Kate are beginning to sound not so crazy any more.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I know. No reason for George and Charlotte not to go, at the very least.

    • PWhere'sMyTiara says:

      I think the media underlining it is probably a BP talking point. C&C likely got their courtiers to communicate to KP and their principals to stand down and lay low. The fallout with the KP staged vid of Kate announcing her cancer dx was happening within HOURS of its release, and the royalist tabloid/bot army started going after anyone who called out the AI of it all, calling everyone conspiracy theorists all last week.

      Good on Getty Images, for piping up and saying “this ain’t a theory, you pigeons, the vid is sus as hell”

      KP hasn’t yet learned its karmic lesson about these last 3 months. Getty Images coming out with a statement like it did about the last video was a clear moment of “children, you gon’ LEARN today”.

      Will they though? Will they ever learn to stop acting like the public is stupid? Or are the inbred aristotwits clowning it up at the palaces fundamentally incapable of any introspection?

    • Sunday says:

      Easter would have been the first time the children have been seen in public since Christmas. And then as pressure for Kate (and the children, unsaid but implied) to attend Easter services ramped up, her announcement video drops.

      When’s the next time we’d definitely see them? Trooping?

      To be clear, I’m not demanding photos of the children like the derangers do of the Sussex children. But the children were photoshopped in that frankenphoto too, not just Kate. idk, it’s very worrying.

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        See also: Historically speaking, WanK have had no problem dragging the children out when WK needed good publicity to distract from bad publicity.

        The fact that the children *haven’t* been used to distract from any of this ongoing debacle is actually pretty surprising. It also makes me think that in addition to not being near Kate, William is nowhere near the children.

        ALL of this has been to cover for William. All of it. So the real question is what is being covered up for William?

      • Unblinkered says:

        Exotic holiday(s) ?
        Beats boring old Easter Sunday at church.

    • Underhill says:

      Every time I decide that there is nothing more to see here, they make me look again.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Zero reason they couldn’t go to church. KP keeps talking about wanting to keep things normal for the kids, but going to church in Windsor on Easter Sunday is normal for those kids. Will should have taken them. Kate’s got those two Filipino nurses, remember? Somebody said the king wouldn’t want to share the spotlight, given as it’s a big event after his own announcement. If true, that is pathetic. If not, we’re back to William & the kids should have gone.

    • Anon says:

      William, the Prince of Wales and future King, should have gone to church to support King Charles. Full stop.

      Catherine, the Princess of Wales and future Queen, and his children could and should have remained home under the care of very competent staff for a couple of hours. Personally I am fine not seeing the kids during this whole PR nightmare. It’s bad enough they can or will read about it later.

      What is wrong with William and where is he?! This is nonsense

    • Lau says:

      William is just a very very lazy man.

  2. Kristen from MA says:

    Yeah, he looks pretty good. I wonder if the short walk-about left him exhausted later in the day.

    • Josephine says:

      I’ve seen another set of pictures from another site that look considerably different. Those made me think that he was not doing well. I can’t figure out why the two sets of pics look so different.

    • Agnes says:

      I know someone who had Stage 4 prostrate cancer (found during a prostrate procedure) and though the new drug therapy available made him sleep a lot, he’s now walking around better than ever. There are a lot of new treatments available for all sorts of cancers: most of them cost the earth though so maybe that’s why Chuck isn’t specifying what he’s doing.

      • Underhill says:

        There really are all sorts of new treatments for various cancers, most of which are not as toxic as slash/poison/burn cancer treatments from the bad old days. Hope is more of an option now than it ever was. I do hope Charles doesn’t have pancreatic cancer as everyone says, and I do hope he pulls through. He is at this point the best option, and perhaps living longer would give time for his dim bulb older son to mature, maybe in his fifties. Hope springs eternal.

    • Miss Melissa says:

      He does look good.

      As a family member of a cancer patient, it is risky for him to be out unmasked and shaking hands during treatment. He is immunocompromised. I get he has an image to maintain, but draw a line for his health’s sake.

      • Underhill says:

        I was thinking about that. I am sure his doctors told him, “if you must shake hands, absolutely do not touch your face and immediately after you are done, you must scrub them and sanitize them thoroughly.” I can almost hear them.

      • CatMum says:

        if he doesn’t have much time left, he might think it’s worth the risk to keep up appearances, like dear old mum did.

        I’m sure they sanitize out of sight any time they’ve been out shaking hands (I noticed that Camz wore gloves).

        some tabloid (maybe the Sun? I forget) has a cover story about behind the scenes Wales divorce negotiations. maybe they’re going through all of the Kategate theories for story ideas now, who knows. interesting tho.

    • @debbye says:

      How sad and ironic Chuckie spent his whole adult life waiting to be 👑 now after less than two years it may be snatched away. Shame he was so mean to the two that truly loved him, Diana and Harry

  3. Seraphina says:

    Yes, KC looks spry and good for him. He’s waited all his life for this. Not a fan of Cam’s outfit. Not sure who styled her, but they must be annoyed with her because they did her dirty with that short coat over the dress. And she looks like she’s attending a Christmas celebration – not Easter.

    • Jackson says:

      Yes! Camilla’s outfit. She doesn’t have to show up in floral pastels, but come on. It’s Easter Sunday not some random November walkabout. At least put her in something a little lighter or brighter. It’s a dark, depressing fail.

    • Angie says:

      Read somewhere that green over there is traditional Easter. I think from old RF Easter walk pics.

      • Jackson says:

        That’s interesting, I did not know that! Still, it’s such a sad, somber outfit. Maybe a little spring green would be more appropriate and cheerful.

    • Agnes says:

      It’s a capelet. I kind of like the look. The old cow.

      • Feeshalori says:

        I like her outfit, too, especially the capelet, but the green is too dark and more of a winter color. It should have been a light green with lighter accessories.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, her outfit! It’s awful! Green & black, for Easter???? DARK green & black, at that?? And Princess Anne & Fergie (Fergie!) wore the same combo. Well, Anne wore brown & green, which was equally awful. These Windsor women, they’re terrible at dressing for the occasion.

      • ML says:

        I think it’s very interesting that Sophie was dressed in purple. Considering QCC, Anne, and Fergie were all wearing shades of green, and Meghan said something about how the royals didn’t inform her about their color scheme, does this mean Sophie wasn’t clued in while the others were?

      • BeanieBean says:

        @ML: I was wondering about that, too. Did they mean-girl Sophie? Probably.

    • Betsy says:

      Both Charles and Kate are ill (and some of us believe that for Kate it’s maybe much worse than that); Easter is celebratory, yes, but people in sort of demi-mourning can still dress more sedately than the holiday usually gets.

  4. SAS says:

    I think they’re underlining it as a shot to Willy mostly, in comparison to C&C. Charles is on sick leave, Camilla is still working etc. He’s sick and still making appearances. Kate has two nurses at home plus the nanny, yet Willy still can’t work.

    I have stepped back from Royal news because I can’t deal with the saccarine defenders and have already lost two people to cancer this year so don’t have much grace in me sorry.

    So maybe this has been discussed but surely even with the sad news, most Brits must find it unusual that because Kate’s sick suddenly the whole family are on lockdown? Is it not strange that Will couldn’t take the kids to the service? “Ohh but they wanted to be together as a family”, sure but… 1 hour? I’m happy the BM are questioning rather than blindly regurgitating the KP line.

    • Jas says:

      @sas I’m sorry that you’re having such a tough year. My condolences.
      I have also wondered why no one’s mentioning that the entire family have gone awol because of Kate’s illness. William could appear at things like this service with or without the children.

      • TeamMeg says:

        Exactly. Wills Wales and the kids easily could have gone to church sans Kate, who is home recovering, and everyone would understand. “The Royal Family must be seen to be believed.”

  5. bisynaptic says:


  6. Jas says:

    Jeez, if I were a 75 year old cancer patient who’s in the middle of immune suppressing treatment, and had to mingle with crowds in an ongoing pandemic, I’d be wearing the hell out of a mask.
    He’s endangering himself unnecessarily.

    • Pittie Mom says:

      I’m with you! I have a couple of friends who are immunosuppressed and wore masks long after mandates were lifted. Both of them got covid after kind of rolling the dice – each didn’t mask at a work outing because it was at a restaurant. No one else in the group got sick. Now one of them has long covid. Both mask everywhere again.

      It’s too scary out there still to be shaking random hands and not masking if you have cancer, Charles.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        It also sets a bad example where Covid, which was (finally) declared “airborne” by the WHO last week (appalling it took five years for them to admit what we knew from SARS1 in 2003), is still running rampant globally, and the current dominant strain, JN.1, has spawned a new variant of concern.

        More people masking means less variant development. If people don’t mask, they open themselves up to being not only carriers, but long term reservoirs of the disease and the incubators of future variants. Throw in that it is a BSL3 pathogen that takes immune systems offline in a parallel way to HIV, and also can cause significant brain damage, and it’s shocking with what science and expertise we currently have to hand, that no one is advising Chucky and Rottie better on this. Hubris, hard-wired, is a terrible thing to watch. He sets a horrible example to his people, and to the world. He’s also hoisting himself with his own petard here.

      • what's inside says:

        This is standard Charles — doing exactly what he wants to do, professional advice be damned. He had Covid and shared it with his mother for God’s sake.

  7. Tessa says:

    I think William is nowhere near Kate and the children

  8. seaflower says:

    It was interesting he mingled given his immune system would be compromised.

  9. Lemons says:

    I would also call out a future Head of the Church for not attending said church on Easter when his wife is supposed to be ill…That is the time you go to church if you believe in God. You pray for your family and you welcome the prayers that others have for you.

    So, yes, the public needs another reminder that their FK is incompetent.

    • Tessa says:

      William has been praised to the skies by his ardent fans . The ideal. Husband and family man does the school runs . Sickening

    • BeanieBean says:

      Excellent point! This man DOES NOT CARE. He is accountable to no one & we’re seeing how t he plays out.

  10. Kara says:

    Charles looks a lot better than he has. He’s even got his color back! And it’s not just makeup because you can see it on the back of his neck. Perhaps he was getting two types of treatments at first–for example, both chemo and radiation–at first, and they’ve stopped one.

    I like Cam’s outfit for once, but it’s saying, “Christmas.” Ol’ Lizzie’s pastel florals always seemed like a gateway into springtime, and I say that as an American with no love for the monarchy. It’s odd to think that she could represent anything for me, but she did. She was simply iconic in a way none of these folks are.

    • Tessa says:

      The only queen to me will be the late queen Elizabeth. Camilla is not a Uniter but a force for breaking up a family. She looks out for her own children and grandchildren though

      • Underhill says:

        Elizabeth II casts a very long shadow. I suspect it will last for awhile. They will not see her like again, or not, at least, for a long time.

  11. Mslove says:

    Maybe Peg considers church service work, or Chuck didn’t want to be overshadowed. Chuck looked like he was having a good time talking to his subjects.

  12. Over it says:

    So Charles has risen but William is hidden? There is no excuse whatsoever that holds up when you think a man in his 70 something that has cancer can put in an hour of church and saying hi to people but his 40 something son can’t. William is Just a waste.

    • Alexandria says:

      Lest we forgot, the Wails couldn’t outwork the late Queen in her 80s and 90s. They’re gonna continue doing things their way.

  13. Tessa says:

    Camilla in her seventies in effect is doing work William should be doing. Lazy william

    • sparrow says:

      She’s doing really well, I think. What is happening to the next generation down? William should get out there and capitalise on the good will shown to Kate.

  14. He does look pretty good for what he is going through. As for Peg well who knows where he really is but I doubt it’s with Can’t and the children.

  15. chill says:

    Considering that Easter is the HIGH HOLY Day of the Christian calendar, you might expect the next leader of the Church of England to go to church. Well, not so much.

  16. Wisdom45 says:

    Maybe when Charles made a point of meeting with the Elders in Africa they gave him some of their root medicine. He spent a lot of time with them while Cam spent her time in the car. He looks so much better..

  17. Nanea says:

    Sidepiece Queen with a Chanel bag that she was comped by the taxpayers. How nice.

    Chulls no longer has sausage fingers, so he maybe should have consulted real docs long ago, and ditched his favorite esoteric quack of a homeopath and supporter of complementary medicine and alternative therapy, Dr Michael Dixon, who is still the head of the Royal Medical Household.

    As others have already mentioned – why no mask for both C&C? Especially as the WHO finally, officially, admitted that Corona is indeed airborne. Four Years late, and without fanfare. We’re still in a pandemic.

  18. Digital Unicorn says:

    He looks good here – better than the Maundy photos that were released earlier in the week. But he’s aged quite a lot, he still looks a bit frail.

  19. Lady Digby says:

    Perhaps the children are being shielded out of an abundance of caution. Kate will need to keep away from the public whilst her immune system is suppressed and so could medical advice be that children also to minimize catching covid? Also a work colleague had terminal cancer and was determining how to explain to her only child, a ten year old. He knew she was poorly but at first there was hope but she and dad and granddad wanted to decide how best to let him know and when to do so. He had a sleepover and parent of his best friend took it upon herself , without permission, to tell the boy his mum wasn’t going to get well. Boy was very upset and when dad picked him up he called him a liar and the entire family was devastated by the other parent’s interference in such a delicate matter. From Kate’s announcement it is clear she wants her children protected as much as possible and maybe they felt they couldn’t risk a reporter or anybody in the crowd saying something upsetting?

    • equality says:

      The children were going to school. That is where they would be most likely to get something.

      • Fwiw says:

        Were the children going to school, or were they merely being schooled–at home (or wherever Kate was staying)?

        Tutors could observe the same holidays as their school. William could even do school runs if he were around, as in run from one end of the house to the other to drop off & pick up. Or maybe his school run days were back in London at Battersea.

      • Lorelei says:

        It was definitely implied that the kids were still actually going to school, since many claimed that was the reasoning behind the timing of Kate’s cancer announcement: it was released on the evening of their last day of school before a long break.
        So W&K would get to tell the children the news and give them some time to process it, without having to worry about classmates saying anything.

        But then again, we can’t trust anything out of KP, and Kate’s been sick for a long time now, so who knows.

      • BlueToile says:

        @FWIW Ooooh, I see what you did there! Could Will ‘s “school runs” be to pick up/drop off someone other than the kids? Maybe the rumored blonde friend? The friend who (along with her hubby) was reported a few days ago is being so, so supportive of Kate in her illness? Inquiring minds is want to know. 🤔

    • BeanieBean says:

      @Lady Digby: that is appalling!! How dare that woman do that! Best case scenario, she thought the kid already knew & said something she thought was supportive?

  20. Amy Bee says:

    British outlets who pledged to protect Kate’s privacy are printing stories about her and her family not attending the Easter Sunday service in Windsor for clicks.

  21. Shawna says:

    I think Camilla looks so happy because she persuaded Charles to give permission to William hide for many more months. For Charles, could be out of concern for his “dear boy” or fear of William’s temper, but from Camilla’s perspective, she knows that the press is going to get more and more angry at William not showing up. She’s setting him up and enjoying the limelight uninteruptedly. No Chelsea flower shows or ending homelessness “coups” from KP.

  22. Mary Pester says:

    T time! Charles does look well, but he’s VERY far from it. ONE treatment has finished FOR GOOD., but homeopathy is going strong! Until that is you start to pay attention to the fact that his left hand is tucked into his pocket 99.9 %of the time and only comes out to wave. He has developed a tremor and they are trying hard to camouflage it. The war of the waleses and the Windsors has really reached new heights! At the moment father and son are talking through aides!! Not even princess peacekeeper is involved, Hmmmm wonder why, suppose it depends who’s offering the best deal! Keep an eye on frogmore, did you know furniture can be delivered AFTER DARK!! It’s starting to get VERY interesting. General camzilla has really been on manoeuvres again and she’s in need of another break!?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Hmm, interesting. What about Balmoral – who is that being setup for?!?!?! C, W or K??

    • Puppy1 says:

      @MaryPester, thanks for the 🫖! Hope you’re back home & doing well ♥️

    • Rnot says:

      Frogmore cottage or Frogmore House?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Hmm, great intel, @Mary Pester! I hope you’re doing well & able to enjoy a spot of sunshine this lovely spring.🌞

    • Jaded says:

      Thanks for the tea Mary Pester, I’ve thought Balmoral would be an ideal place to get away from *things*. Hope you’re able to enjoy some spring sunshine and fresh air. Am joining you in solidarity post-bladder cancer surgery.

      • Fwiw says:

        @ Jaded

        So good to see you are back!

        Kate could hide at Balmoral but she would be far removed from her doctors. Also, she would need permission from Charles to hide there.

        QEII gave William & Harry a home at Balmoral iirc. By banishing H, W may need no one’s permission to live there. He conveniently freed up Frogmore C as well for two Wales homes in Windsor that kids can walk between.

        But can W’s chopper travel the distance between Balmoral & London/Windsor/Norfolk?

      • QuiteContrary says:

        Sending best wishes to you @Jaded and Mary Pester!

      • Mary Pester says:

        YAY JADED, so glad your back, are you still stuck in the hospital like me!? I hope your home in your own home, but, if not, I hope you have lovely nurses taking good care of you. Stay well and stay safe my dear friend

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Mary Pester, okay, are you thinking that Billy’s side piece will be in Frogmore Cottage?

      If Bone Idle is hiding at Balmoral–and I don’t think she’s seriously ill–this gets really interesting. If the Wales are negotiating separately with KFC, is this for the divorce (or possibly no divorce in Bone’s case)?

      I’m happy you’re giving us more of your on-point comments–I love reading your posts!

  23. Meredith says:

    I think it’s because people will click on anything with Kate’s name in the headline.

    William didn’t take the kids because we are pretty sure they’re at amber hall and also he’s never gone out of his way to show up to things, even when his family was not in crisis.

  24. Truthiness says:

    There’s nothing Charles hates more than a scene stealer so I don’t put a lot into Will’s absence. Charles has waited nearly a lifetime to have his thunder and to see a crowd wanting to see him must buoy him psychologically at least. I hope there were aides with antiseptic wipes, there is not enough Purell in this world for me to shake hands if I were in his position.

  25. QuiteContrary says:

    Going to church on Easter (and Christmas) is the least Egg could do. Maybe he’s aware of his nickname and didn’t want the Easter jokes. Or maybe— yet again—he was just being lazy.