Queen marks Easter Sunday without Prince Philip by her side at Windsor Castle service with family

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The Queen marked Easter Sunday without the Duke of Edinburgh at this years’ service on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Philip, who has effectively retired from royal duties, was absent from the Easter Matins Service at St George’s Chapel – the location for the Royal wedding in May. It is understood he was not due to attend the service.

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© Provided by Independent Print Limited an144696914britains-queen-e.jpg The church service is the latest event the 96-year-old duke has been absent from in recent days and it is understood that he has been experiencing some trouble with his hip.

The Queen was joined by members of the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who arrived without their children.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and other members of Britain's royal family arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. Tolga Akmen/Pool via Reuters © Reuters Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other members of Britain’s royal family arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. Tolga Akmen/Pool via Reuters William and Kate were the final royals to arrive at the church – arriving after the Queen and other family members had already gone in – and a few minutes after the 10.45am start time.

Kate looked elegant in a classic dark coat and matching hat as she made her way into the 14th-century Gothic chapel inside the castle walls.

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are greeted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, as they arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. © Reuters Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are greeted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, as they arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. The Duchess, who is expected to give birth to her third child this month, is now on maternity leave.

Harry and Meghan were not at the service, with Kensington Palace describing their weekend plans as “private”.

Britain's Princess Eugenie and other members of Britain's royal family arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. Tolga Akmen/Pool via Reuters © Reuters Britain’s Princess Eugenie and other members of Britain’s royal family arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. Tolga Akmen/Pool via Reuters Members of the public waited outside the chapel as the 91-year-old monarch arrived.

Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attended the Easter service, along with Eugenie’s fiance Jack Brooksbank.

Princess Eugenie and other members of Britain's royal family arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. © Reuters Princess Eugenie and other members of Britain’s royal family arrive for the annual Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 1, 2018. Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence led the royal family down the hill to the chapel and were joined by Zara Tindall.

Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, also attended the service.

a person wearing a uniform: an144697619princess-eugenie.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited an144697619princess-eugenie.jpg It is understood Philip missed the annual Maundy Service on Thursday because of a problem with his hip.

It is not thought to be a serious issue as Philip, who was named as a guest in the order of service for the Maundy Thursday event, was spotted driving in Windsor Great Park on Wednesday.

Last week, Philip pulled out of an official engagement with the Queen and Duke of York because he was unwell, according to reports.

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends the Presentation Reception for The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holders in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on July 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jane Barlow        (Photo credit should read JANE BARLOW/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends the Presentation Reception for The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holders in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on July 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jane Barlow… He was due to attend an event at Windsor Castle to mark Andrew’s new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards but was unable to attend because he was feeling “under the weather”, the Daily Mail reported.

He stepped down from his public duties last summer but on occasion does attend events with the Queen.

When it was announced last year that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was not health-related and he had the full support of the Queen.

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