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King Charles won’t sit with family at Easter service, will skip annual lunch amid cancer struggle

Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, and Zara Tindall in formal suit and tie
Charles will take it easy this Easter as he works to recover from his battle with cancer this year, insiders say.

King Charles will be taking it easy on Easter Sunday.

The monarch, 75, who has battled against cancer in recent months, has been laying low as part of his recovery.

As a result, Charles is set to sit apart from the other members of the royal family during the church service on Sunday at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.

The monarch will be sitting apart from the rest of the Firm on Easter. Getty Images
The monarch will be sitting apart from the rest of the Firm on Easter. Getty Images

According to The Telegraph, the king will stay away from the main public on Easter to make sure that remains safe and healthy.

The event will be his first public appearance since revealing he was diagnosed with cancer, back in February.

The former Prince of Wales has mainly stayed behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace, working remotely in his office as he undergoes treatment.

He will also not be hosting his annual Easter lunch with his family at Windsor following the mass.

However, the source told the paper that Charles’ appearance at the chapel is a “sign of things heading in the right direction.”

He will greet the crowd alongside Queen Camilla, 76, from a distance, to ensure he stays safe.

Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, will be absent from Sunday’s events, as the Duchess of Cambridge, 42, is battling her own cancer.

The royal family is set to attend church at Windsor Castle on Sunday. Mistervlad – stock.adobe.com
The royal family is set to attend church at Windsor Castle on Sunday. Mistervlad – stock.adobe.com

William, 41, and Middleton will stay behind at Sandringham Estate with their children, Prince Louis, 5, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince George, 10.

On Thursday, Camilla attended the Royal Maundy Service at Worcester Cathedral in England without Charles.

At the pre-Easter event, the Duchess of Cornwall said “hello” to royal fans and continued on with her duties as queen.

Charles was shown via a video message at the service, where he reflected on life.

In his holiday chat, he stressed that Jesus set an “example of how we should serve and care for each other,” and how “we need and benefit greatly from those who extend the hand of friendship to us, especially in a time of need.”

In the past, the Windsor clan has sat down all together for a luxurious Easter roast supper.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will not be heading to church on Sunday at Windsor. Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton will not be heading to church on Sunday at Windsor. Getty Images

Royal chef Darren McGrady previously opened up to OK! magazine about the lavish and delicious menu, saying: “We’d go straight into the main course — a traditional roast lamb with seasonal vegetables.”

Easter eggs made from chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker are also typically found on the table.

“They’d also have a compound salad served in a kidney dish attached to the plate — just some lettuce and cucumber with a little mint or some grated carrot and coriander,” McGrady explained.

Locally-supplied cheese and fruit are brought out as a palate cleanser for the second course.