When is it OK to keep the Queen waiting? The answer is never. And yet in a somewhat incomprehensible series of events, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived late at the Easter Sunday service at Windsor today, walking to the church door after the Queen had entered. And by the look on her face, the Queen was not amused.
HM was leading her family at the Easter Sunday service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor as she has for many, many years. William and Kate attended for the first time last year but expectations were low we'd get a repeat this year given the duchess' due date being virtually upon us. However, the couple chose to join their family but while the Queen's children and grandchildren lined up around the door to wait for the Monarch, William and Kate were conspicuous by their absence. In fact, their own car only appeared several minutes later when the Queen was already inside the Chapel and the service was supposed to have started. The Dean of Windsor had to come outside to greet the couple, delaying the ceremony further.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were all smiles which is more than can be said for the Queen. It's hard not to imagine that she was well aware of the situation about to arise for as she walked towards St. George's Chapel she paused briefly to look, with a very stony face, in the direction from which the Cambridges' car should have been appearing. You take in that ice glare. Elizabeth II didn't just take the record for longest reigning monarch from Victoria, she took the not amused gene as well.
It's been reported that the Cambridges got held up by traffic which, given their special status and the fact they have (quite a lot of) people to plan things for them, seems a rather strange excuse to offer. Whatever the reason that led to them appearing in the plum spot as final arrivals at the Chapel and then making the Queen wait while the Dean of Windsor did the decent thing and welcomed them, they haven't come out of it too well. The reaction on social media has been largely negative and it's not really a surprise. In her 66 years and counting reign, this hasn't happened to the Queen before. To arrive at the head of the procession and then stand around outside the Chapel laughing while your Monarch waits on you is never a good look.