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Queen Camilla Attends Easter Service Alone as King Charles Gives Recorded Speech About Friendship

Feature Queen Camilla Attends The Royal Maundy Service At Worcester Cathedral
Queen Camilla Samir Hussein/WireImage

Queen Camilla stood in for her husband King Charles III at a major public event as he continues his recovery from cancer.

Camilla, 76, attended The Royal Maundy service at the UK’s Worcester Cathedral on Thursday, March 28 and happily stopped to pose for photographers in front of the cathedral.

Accompanied into the building by dignitaries and cheered on by a large crowd outside the building, Camilla, who wore a cream coat, beige suede boots and a matching fur-lined hat, looked to be in good spirits.

While the king was absent, he gave his first direct public message since Princess Kate Middleton, 42, revealed her cancer diagnosis earlier this month, stressing the importance of friendship “especially in a time of need”.

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The pre-recorded audio was played in his absence during the service. He said that Jesus set an “example of how we should serve and care for each other”, and that “we need and benefit greatly from those who extend the hand of friendship to us, especially in a time of need”.

While the King did not mention his daughter-in-law, his words reflected the world’s response to his and Kate’s health battles.

Queen Camilla Attends The Royal Maundy Service At Worcester Cathedral
Queen Camilla Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Camilla told royal supporters during an outing at the Shrewsbury Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, March 27,  that Kate “will be thrilled” after they handed her posters with their well wishes.

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Camilla, who was even given a rose at one point by a member of the public, also held a sign that read, “Send love to Kate,” offering further support to her daughter-in-law.

Both Camilla and King Charles will officially attend the royal family’s Easter Sunday service.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Tuesday, March 26, that the couple and other family members will be on hand for the festivities at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, according to multiple outlets.

The event will be the first public appearance for Charles, 75, since being diagnosed with cancer in February. The king suspended many of his public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment, but he’s held a number of audiences at the palace with world leaders, veterans and more.

Prince William and wife Kate’s Easter plans have not yet been confirmed, but it’s unlikely the couple will step out for the holiday.

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