King Charles III recently attended the Easter service at St. George’s Chapel, where he was seated apart from the Royal Family. This prompts the questions: Why the separate seating, and how might this affect royal traditions going forward?

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Amid concerns from fans about the King’s latest public appearance, his nephew has offered insights into the monarch’s health and how he is managing.

In a significant public appearance since his cancer treatment began, King Charles III attended the traditional Easter Matins service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Accompanied by Queen Camilla, the King made his way to the chapel, marking his first public appearance since he began cancer treatment two months ago.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla as they leave St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, after attending the Easter Matins Service, on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Camilla as they leave St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, after attending the Easter Matins Service, on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

The couple was greeted with warmth as they waved to the gathered crowd before entering through the Galilee Porch.

The 75-year-old monarch was seen smiling and waving at well-wishers as he arrived in his maroon state Bentley limousine, making a “gentle” return to public life.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla waving at the crowd outside St. George's Chapel as they attend the Easter Matins service on March 31, 2024 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

King Charles and Queen Camilla waving at the crowd outside St. George’s Chapel as they attend the Easter Matins service on March 31, 2024 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Despite the usual gathering of the extended Royal Family for this occasion, this year’s celebration saw a quieter affair, with a visibly reduced number of royals in attendance.

The occasion was also marked by some significant changes in protocol, including the King seated apart from the rest of the Royal Family.

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This wasn’t just a random seating choice—it was a decision influenced by recent events in his life. What led to this change? The answer ties back to the King’s personal journey over the last few months.

King Charles as he leaves St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles as he leaves St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

What Were the Changes in This Year’s Easter Service?

This year, the Easter service at St. George’s Chapel looked quite different from previous years. Usually, Easter is a time when the whole Royal Family gathers at Windsor Castle, attends the church service together, and then enjoys a family lunch.

However, this year saw a significant scale-back of these traditions, adopting an approach some have described as “Easter Lite.”

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King Charles and Queen Camilla leading rest of the royal family during last year's Easter service on April 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla leading rest of the royal family during last year’s Easter service on April 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla, who normally are seen arriving with the family for a joint walk into the chapel, this time made their entrance by car, just the two of them.

This was a notable change from the traditional group arrival and procession into the chapel that spectators have come to expect.

King Charles and Queen Camilla attending the traditional Easter Sunday Matins service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla attending the traditional Easter Sunday Matins service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Moreover, the usual lunch hosted by the King after the service was absent this year. Typically, this lunch serves as a time for the family to come together privately after the public service, but the decision to forgo this event marked a departure from the norm.

Members of the royal family at last year's Easter service in Windsor Castle on April 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Members of the royal family at last year’s Easter service in Windsor Castle on April 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

A palace source commented on the King’s planned attendance, viewing it as a “sign of things heading in the right direction,” indicating a cautious step towards normalcy.

Sources close to the palace describe the plans as “turning the dial” toward resuming the King’s ordinary program, including a gradual increase in hosting guests for engagements at the palace as summer approaches.

King Charles and Queen Camilla greeting spectators outside St. George's Chapel in Windsor on March 31, 2024 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

King Charles and Queen Camilla greeting spectators outside St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on March 31, 2024 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

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Despite these changes, King Charles took a moment to greet the public outside the church, maintaining a connection with those who came to see him.

How Was This Year’s Service Reminiscent of the Queen?

One significant change that stood out that day was King Charles being seated separately from the rest of the Royal Family.

Royal Broadcaster Rafe Heydel-Makoo highlighted this during an interview with GB News, noting that the scene of King Charles and Queen Camilla sitting separately during the service “does remind us of the queen in that very same building for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

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Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone inside St. George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on April 17, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II sitting alone inside St. George’s Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on April 17, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

During Prince Philip’s funeral service, the world saw Queen Elizabeth II seated alone, adhering to social distancing protocols amidst the pandemic.

The image of the solitary monarch, complying with the health guidelines of the time, left a lasting impression on the public as she set an example during challenging times.

Queen Elizabeth II watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of Prince Philip into St George’s Chapel during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of Prince Philip into St George’s Chapel during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

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As King Charles sat alone during the Easter service, many have wondered about the specific reasons behind the decision, a question that draws us deeper into the implications of this year’s Easter service adjustments.

King Charles and Queen Camilla attending the Easter Matins Service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla attending the Easter Matins Service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Why Did King Charles Sit Apart from the Royal Family During Easter Service?

The King sat inside the chapel in the Sovereign’s Seat at the front of the altar, a position that maintained his prominence within the service while acknowledging the need for careful health management.

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Following medical advice, the Royal Family limited their numbers at St. George’s Chapel, focusing on reducing any infection risks for the King.

This year, the gathering was notably smaller, not only to protect King Charles but also because the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children were absent.

Prince William and Princess Catherine with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis during last year's Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Princess Catherine with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis during last year’s Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle on April 9, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

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King Charles’ recent health diagnosis has also forced him to scale back on his engagements, including this year’s Royal Maundy Service, which Queen Camilla attended on his behalf.

Despite his health challenges, he has not stopped sharing messages that uplift and motivate others. This leads us to a powerful moment recently.

King Charles waving at the crowd alongside Queen Camilla as they attend the Easter Sunday service in ST. George's Chapel on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles waving at the crowd alongside Queen Camilla as they attend the Easter Sunday service in ST. George’s Chapel on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

What Was King Charles’ Recent Message of Empowerment?

King Charles was unable to attend the Royal Maundy Service in person but shared a heartfelt message that was played at Worcester Cathedral. He spoke about the importance of service to others, echoing a commitment he made during his Coronation Service.

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King Charles III sitting on his throne wearing St. Edward's crown during his Coronation ceremony inside Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III sitting on his throne wearing St. Edward’s crown during his Coronation ceremony inside Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

In his message, the King emphasized, “This act of worship, here in Worcester Cathedral, reminds me of the pledge I made at the beginning of the Coronation Service – to follow Christ’s example ‘not to be served but to serve’. That I have always tried to do and continue to do, with my whole heart.”

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He further expressed his hopes for the future, stating, “It is my special prayer today that Our Lord’s example of serving one another might continue to inspire us and to strengthen all our communities.”

While King Charles focused on recovery, Queen Camilla stepped in to represent him at the service, distributing Maundy money to pensioners for the first time.

Queen Camilla during the festivities celebrating Maundy Thursday 2024 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Queen Camilla during the festivities celebrating Maundy Thursday 2024 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Her recent solo engagements, including visits to the Isle of Man and Belfast, have shown her continued support for the King’s commitments even during his treatment.

The Queen has been warmly welcomed by the public on these occasions, with many expressing their best wishes for the King, whose recent Easter appearance also drew mixed reactions from the public.

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How Did People React to King Charles’ Easter Appearance?

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After King Charles appeared at the Easter service, many people went online to share their thoughts and prayers for him.

On Instagram, under a slideshow of photos of the royal family at the service, fans left messages like “God save the King!” and “In my prayers.

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Meanwhile, some people expressed concern about the King shaking hands with others, wondering if it was safe for him because of his health treatment.

Comments ranged from “Bet he was not meant to do this walkabout and shake hands. His doctors will not be pleased” to “He looks very unwell.

King Charles and Queen Camilla greeting people after attending the Easter Matins Service on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla greeting people after attending the Easter Matins Service on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Others added, “So should he have gone and shaken hands with loads of strangers…” and some replied,I’m sure he is taking his doctors’ advice and they did not see an issue..

People also expressed concern over what exactly the King was being protected from, suggesting his immune system might be weak.

King Charles shaking hands with his young well-wishers as he leaves St. George's Chapel in Windsor, on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles shaking hands with his young well-wishers as he leaves St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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One wrote, “Gosh, what infection exactly are they trying to protect him from?” Another advised, “He should watch or be isolated away from the people so he doesn’t get sick.

King Charles greeting well-wishers as he leaves St. George's Chapel after attending the Easter Matins Service on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles greeting well-wishers as he leaves St. George’s Chapel after attending the Easter Matins Service on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Despite these worries, comments such as “Looking tired but that is to be expected while undergoing cancer treatment. Lovely to see his smile and wish him well in his recoveryshowed a mix of concern and support.

In the midst of the public perception surrounding King Charles, one royal family member, the King’s nephew, recently opened up about his health, giving us a closer look at how the reigning monarch is actually dealing with getting better.

King Charles attending the Easter Sunday Service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles attending the Easter Sunday Service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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What Did King Charles’ Nephew Say about His Health?

Peter Philips, King Charles’s nephew, shared insights into the King’s current health situation. He said the King’s recovery from cancer is taking a bit longer than expected, but he’s staying positive. Peter is the son of Princess Anne and was speaking during a visit to Australia.

Then Prince Charles and Peter Philips at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Then Prince Charles and Peter Philips at the Gigaset Charity Polo Match at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 14, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

“He’s in good spirits,” Philips said about the King. He emphasized the King’s “pragmatic” approach to his situation, that while he’s eager to get back to his duties, he understands he needs to focus on his health right now.

King Charles appearing smiling as he arrives for the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles appearing smiling as he arrives for the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Philips acknowledged the King’s frustrations with the limitations his health has imposed on him, saying, “I think, ultimately, he’s hugely frustrated. He’s frustrated that he can’t get on and do everything that he wants to be able to do.”

King Charles leaving the Easter Matins service on March 31, 2024 | Source" Getty Images

King Charles leaving the Easter Matins service on March 31, 2024 | Source” Getty Images

Adding to the discussion on the King’s future plans and commitments, Peter revealed that both King Charles and Queen Camilla are eager to resume their international engagements, particularly their visit to Australia, as soon as the King’s health has stabilized.

King Charles and Queen Camilla during their last visit to Australia, posing on Broadbeach on April 5, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla during their last visit to Australia, posing on Broadbeach on April 5, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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After being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, King Charles has been careful about his public engagements, closely following his doctors’ advice. His participation in future events remains hopeful yet uncertain, as he prioritizes his health.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Sunday service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on February 11, 2024 in Sandringham, England, | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Sunday service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on February 11, 2024 in Sandringham, England, | Source: Getty Images

What Are the Plans for King Charles’s Royal Duties Going Forward?

The Royal Family plans to show strong support for Britain’s veterans during the 80th anniversary of D-Day. This event on June 6 is especially important as it honors the sacrifices of the Second World War generation.

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Both the King and the Prince of Wales are expected to be part of the ceremonies, where many senior members of the family will join to remember this crucial part of history.

King Charles and Prince William attending the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 12, 2023, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Prince William attending the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 12, 2023, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Looking ahead, the King is focusing on “building back” to his key roles and is starting to plan for in-person events once he gets the OK from his doctors.

Recently, he hosted a big meeting at Buckingham Palace with religious leaders from different faiths. This was his largest work event since he found out he had cancer.

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People who help the King plan his schedule say we shouldn’t just expect him to be at every event. How he’s feeling and his health will decide what he can attend.

His diary now has two big events coming up: Trooping the Colour on June 15, which is a celebration for his official birthday, and the D-Day commemoration.

Prince Charles surrounded by members of the royal family at the balcony of Buckinham Palace during last year's celebratiion of His Majesty's first official brithday as King on June 17, 2023 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Prince Charles surrounded by members of the royal family at the balcony of Buckinham Palace during last year’s celebratiion of His Majesty’s first official brithday as King on June 17, 2023 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

The full details of the D-Day event are still being worked out. It will include a special ceremony at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, which the King talked about in a video back in 2021. That year, because of the pandemic, veterans couldn’t go to Normandy themselves.

This year’s D-Day anniversary is seen as a crucial chance to honor the veterans while they are still around. It’s not clear yet if the King will be able to go to France for this, as it will depend on how he’s feeling and any concerns about getting sick.

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King Charles III shakes hands with members of veterans associations during an official welcoming ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on September 20, 2023, on the first day of a state visit to France | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III shakes hands with members of veterans associations during an official welcoming ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on September 20, 2023, on the first day of a state visit to France | Source: Getty Images

The King also hopes to be part of Trooping the Colour. This event usually sees the Royal Family watch a military flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Instead of riding a horse through London, the King might choose to ride in a carriage this time.

It might still be a while before the King can take part in big public events like giving out awards or walking around in crowds to meet people.

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