How the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Accidentally Broke Royal Protocol at Easter

It couldn't be helped, apparently.

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While the Queen obviously stole the show over Easter in an eye-catching fuchsia coat and matching hat, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also garnering attention at the annual Easter church service in Windsor…for turning up late.

Prince William and Kate Middleton unintentionally broke royal protocol on Sunday by arriving at St George’s Chapel after the Queen, despite the royal family’s age-old custom of arriving at events in order of rank.

This dictates that Her Majesty should arrive last, but unfortunately Wills and Kate were held up in traffic because of roadworks on the M4—which is something we can all relate to.

The couple—who are expecting their third child this month—had been spending the Easter bank holiday at Kate's parents' home in Bucklebury with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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The Duchess’s attendance marks her last public outing before she welcomes her third child. But according to royal expert Penny Junor, there won't be any grudges held about William and Kate's accidental misdemeanor.

"There is a convention that the sovereign, being the most senior member of the family, is the last person to arrive at any event," Junor told Good Housekeeping UK. "But she has a very soft spot for her grandchildren, so I don’t imagine it was a major incident!"

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were notably absent from the service, following reports the the couple wanted to spend the public holiday away from the public eye.

Kensington Palace described their weekend plans as “private," according to Hello!. The pair are due to marry at the chapel on May 19.

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The Duke of Edinburgh was also absent from the church service because he's currently recovering from a recent hip injury.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank marked their first royal outing following their engagement news at the Sunday service, and are also due to marry at the chapel, with their date set as October 12.

They were joined by Princess Anne and Zara Tindall, who is expecting her second childwith Mike Tindall later this year.

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