Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, former wife, join royals for Easter service in rare appearance

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were in attendance at the annual Easter Mattins service alongside other members of the royal family.

Andrew and Ferguson, both 64, posed for photographs outside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Sunday, March 31. The Duke of York opted for a black morning suit, paired with a pale green tie. Meanwhile, Ferguson complemented the color scheme by wearing an emerald tweed dress that stood out beautifully against her black, embroidered headband.

After the service, Princess Anne, Andrew’s older sister, and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence, were seen leaving the chapel alongside the exes. King Charles III and Prince Edward also attended the service with their respective wives, Queen Camilla and Duchess Sophie. Both Charles, 75, and Ferguson are currently fighting different forms of cancer, and Easter marked their first public events since starting treatment. (Charles previously held a few audiences at the palace earlier this month.)

Sunday’s outing marked a rare public appearance by Andrew, who was stripped of his “HRH” honorific in 2022 following a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre in late 2019.

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Andrew decided to distance himself from his royal responsibilities and patronages following the scandal. He strongly denied the allegations, stating in an interview with the BBC in November 2019, “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever. It just never happened.”

After the scandal, Andrew rarely appeared in public, except for the funerals of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 2021 and 2022, and Charles’ coronation as the monarch of England in May 2023.

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After divorcing Andrew in 1996, Ferguson lost many of her royal associations. Although she was not invited to Charles’ coronation, she did manage to attend the celebratory concert at Buckingham Palace later that weekend.

“You can’t have it both ways. You can’t be divorced and then say, ‘I want this …’ [You’re in] or you’re out,” Ferguson emphasized during her appearance on the U.K.’s Loose Woman before the coronation ceremony. “Personally, I’ll be having a delightful afternoon tea with a coronation chicken sandwich, adorned with bunting. That’s how I plan to celebrate.”

Ferguson and Andrew continue to reside together in their shared home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor. They are now caring for the late queen’s cherished corgis, along with their own five dogs. Since September 2022, the new additions have become close companions to the corgis, forming a tight-knit pack.

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