For the first time in 50 years, Her Majesty has missed the traditional service, with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall stepping in for the monarch.
According to British media, the Duke and Duke of Sussex were also present at the Windsor ceremony, after meeting the Queen a fortnight before her 96th birthday for the first time since they stepped down as working members of the royal family and quit the United Kingdom in 2020.
The couple had gone to The Hague in the Netherlands, where Harry will open the doors. Their journey to Windsor had not previously been revealed, according to the spokesperson.
After Prince Harry claimed that he was impairing to return to the United Kingdom because of it was "too dangerous" for his family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not attend the memorial service for his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh last month. He is currently seeking a judicial review of a Home Office decision not to provide them with security when visiting from the United States.
In 1970, when she was on a tour of New Zealand, the Queen missed the Maundy Thursday service a traditional distribution of newly minted coins that always falls on the Thursday before Easter.