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Royal Recap – Easter Week Traditions

The royals gathered for their various pre-Easter and Easter traditions, and we are here to tell you all about it. Hope the Handbaggers who celebrate this holiday had a lovely day, or weekend, if you experience the whole range of traditions.

Easter Sunday services attended by the British and Spanish Royals are in this post.

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Denmark

Daisy loves Easter, she loves art, and we love Daisy. We have ourselves a trifecta! Here she is, resplendent in orange, decorating her Easter eggs. She started this tradition when her sons were young. We are glad she continues it, and shares it with the world.

Britain

The Queen started her holy weekend with the Royal Maundy service at St. Georges, wearing yellow on the cheerful end of the spectrum, and accessorizing with the Australian Wattle. Princess Eugenie accompanied Gran this year, sporting a repeated Erdem.

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Belgium

The Belgian royal family made their yearly pilgrimage to the Way of St. James, (in Galician: O Camiño de Santiago.)

This is the third year they have taken this walk, making it a relatively new tradition for the family. This year they traversed the provinces of Burgos and Palenci. More on this event – which is very interesting – can be found on New My Royals.

Sweden

The Swedish Royal Family also have a unique tradition that occurs the week before Holy Week. The King, Queen, and Crown Princess, along with the Chapel ministers, attend a “love meal” in the Royal Chapel, Stockholm Royal Palace. Also called the Agape feast, it is a communal meal shared among Christians, providing fellowship for believers. For more information on this tradition, see the official court website.

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Inför Stilla veckan intog Kungaparet och Kronprinsessan, tillsammans med präster knutna till hovet, för några dagar sedan en agapemåltid i Slottskyrkan på Kungliga slottet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ En agapemåltid – ”kärleksmåltid” – är en gudstjänst under vilken deltagarna också intar en måltid. Agapemåltiden har sitt ursprung i den äldsta kristna kyrkans gemensamma måltider i hemmet och är en slags efterbildning av Jesus avskedsmåltid med apostlarna. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Under 100-talet e. Kr. ritualiserades nattvarden och skildes från agapemåltiden. Agapemåltiderna fick därefter alltmer karaktären av vanliga gästabud och förbjöds senare. I modern tid har agapemåltiderna återupptagits inom Svenska kyrkan och de intas ibland i samband med skärtorsdagen, den dag nattvarden instiftades. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer på kungahuset.se ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Henrik Garlöv/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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Oh, and a bonus shot of Estelle and Oscar on an Easter walk – look at the glorious blue sky above them!

Are any of these Easter traditions new to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.