Mother’s Day royal traditions: The four royal traditions YOU probably follow

Here are four royal Mother’s Day traditions which you probably follow without even knowing it.

Give flowers to mums

Traditionally on Mother’s Day, flowers are given to pay tribute to mums and has origins which hark back to the 1600s.

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and in the 1600s people would journey back to their ‘mother’ church – original place of worship – and spend time with family attending mass. 

On the way home from church, children would often pick flowers and give them to their mothers and the tradition was born. 

For those who are not seeing their mum on the day itself, there are plenty of online flower delivery services.

Spend time with mothers

As the name of the day suggests, making time to spend with the maternal figure in your life is one tradition. 

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been known to spend time with both the royal side of her family and her own mother Carole Middleton. 

Kate has often travelled to her family’s home in Berkshire to see her mum. 

Mothering Sunday often sees family travelling to their hometowns to spend time together.

Mother's Day Royal traditions
Mother’s Day Royal traditions: Often the Royal Family will go to Frogmore House for family time (Image: PA)

Release photos to the public

Last year, Buckingham Palace shared a touching snap of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and their four children from 1965 to celebrate Mother’s Day. 

The photo was taken in the grounds of Frogmore House in Windsor and is an intimate snapshot of the royals. 

The image shows the family of six smiling at something which has caught their eye on the ground, with a young Earl of Wessex leaning out of his pram to take a peek. 

Posting images of family is often something that those who are celebrating Mother’s Day do – adding tributes to their parents to social media. 

Mother's Day Royal traditions
Mother’s Day Royal traditions: Buckingham Palace shared this sweet snap from 1965 (Image: PA/ BUCKINGHAM PALACE)

Go to Church

Mothering Sunday was originally a Christian celebration, travelling to the original church or mother church on the fourth Sunday of Lent. 

Despite losing some of its origins, many families do still attend church together and the Royal Family are no exception. 

On previous Mother’s Days, the Queen has been spotted at various churches, including those in Sussex and Windsor.

Written By: Georgina Laud

First Published 27.03.19:

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