While all eyes will be on Prince William and Kate Middleton at Friday’s royal wedding, other members of the royal family will also attract attention for their outfits.
And his cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, looked as if they were getting in some early practice in the style stakes when they joined their royal relatives at this year’s Easter Sunday matins service.
The sisters looked as if they were on their way to a wedding in their short, smart dresses, high heels and hats as they walked to the service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Beatrice, 22, wore a light brown peplum style dress for the service, which she teamed with a patterned bag, dark brown shoes and an offbeat beige hat which rested just above her forehead.
Her younger sister Eugenie, 20, opted for a more conventional white dress and cream jacket, which she wore with nude heels and a white hat.
However their headgear was almost upstaged by that of the Countess of Wessex, who offset a simple navy frock with a huge blue fascinator style hatThe princesses joined other royals including their father Prince Andrew, uncle Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, as well as the Princess Royal and her husband Tim Lawrence at the service.
The Queen – in a pale blue dress and matching hat – and Prince Philip were also in attendance at the chapel, in what is one of the last formal royal engagements before Friday’s wedding.
Meanwhile the Archbishop of Canterbury has said in his Easter Sermon that true happiness in life comes from ‘personal and communal fulfilment’ rather than the narrow pursuit of material goals,
Dr Rowan Williams spoke of the joy which could be achieved by having an outward focus, fostering relationships with others and the world around them.
He said, ‘It seems that, just as we can’t find fulfilment in just loving ourselves, so we can’t just generate happiness for ourselves. It comes from outside, from relationships, environment, the unexpected stimulus of beauty – but not from any programme that we can identify.’
He also referred to the impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the opportunity for people to join in their celebration.
He said: ‘It’s nice and entirely appropriate that we are being encouraged to some public displays of shared celebration next Friday: let a thousand street parties blossom!’