Easter is this coming Sunday, and all over the world families are preparing for celebrating this holiest of holidays.
As the head of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth will be expected to observe the day with the traditional solemn practices, such as attending church and rejoicing in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, just as Christians the world over will be doing.
Children, of course, look forward to a visit from the Easter Bunny, and all the goodies that go along with that. And, of course, family dinners of ham and all sorts of delectable dishes, are the culmination of the celebration.
She may be the head of the Church of England, but Her Majesty the Queen is also a beloved Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, so you can bet she has a few other practices that are part of her family Easter celebration.
According to Good Housekeeping, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip typically spend the Easter holiday at Windsor Castle and attend church services at St. George's Chapel.
Last year, accompanying her and the Duke of Edinburgh, were their daughter Anne - the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - William and Kate and their two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and Granddaughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The family attends Easter services together and then, typically, the Queen receives flowers from local children - beautiful bouquets perfect for the Easter table!
But as a beloved Grandma and great-Grandma, and with such precious great-grandchildren as little George and Charlotte, there are sure to be other events that are not so religious. There will be Easter egg hunts and other outdoor activities, weather permitting.
According to Good Housekeeping, the Queen will be extending her Easter goodwill to the community by reaching out to the children and providing a much-anticipated event for all who care to attend.
"Although the Queen doesn’t take part in an 'official' Easter egg hunt, the Royal Palaces are sure to be excellent hunting grounds (likely to be enjoyed by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and their cousins).
"This year, Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh are inviting families to track down chocolate eggs in both the Royal Mews and State Apartments. Locations that could easily trump the back garden…"
The best part of all, though, is the opportunity for beloved family members to take a break from their busy lives to spend some much-needed time together to celebrate the same things the rest of us commoners do - the blessings we have been given, not the least of which are the love and companionship of our families.