Pregnant Kate surprises fans with Easter Sunday service appearance

By Sophie Hamilton

The Duchess of Cambridge is officially on maternity leave, so fans thought they might not see the royal until she welcomes her third child, but Prince William's wife looked radiant on a surprise appearance at the Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel in Windsor. The Duchess of Cambridge, who is due at the end of April, chose a stylish chocolate brown coat which skimmed her eight-month baby bump to perfection. She matched it with nude shoes, a coordinating hat and accessorized with pearl earrings and a broach. Her husband looked dapper in a navy suit and tie. Kate's dark look was a change from last year's light cream coat and hat by designer Catherine Walker.

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance during her maternity leave

Also in attendance at the service was Zara Tindall, who dressed her growing bump in a vibrant blue coat, along with Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank. The Queen, who looked lovely in a vibrant pink skirt suit, arrived alone without Prince Philip, who is said to be suffering from a hip problem. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are due to marry at Windsor Castle on May 19 were also not in attendance. According to royal sources,the couple had private plans for the weekend. Like last year William and Kate's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, did not make an appearance at the service. Perhaps the royal siblings were enjoying an Easter egg hunt at home.

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The royal family attended the annual Easter Sunday church service in Windsor

Kate's coat was the perfect choice for the Sunday service. The Duchess wore her brunette hair styled in her trademark Chelsea blowdry. Beauty wise she opted for a pink lip and a smoky grey eyeshadow with a sweep of black eyeliner across her lid. Her cheeks were highlighted with a peach blush giving her a beautiful glow.

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The royal family attend the Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel every year. After the Easter service, the Queen meets local children who have also attended the service, and she is presented with a bouquet of flowers. The service is particularly poignant as the 14th century chapel will host another very important ceremony this year – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. Windsor will also play host to a second royal wedding in October; Harry's cousin Princess Beatrice is marrying her long-term love, Jack Brooksbank, in the same chapel.

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