Lent ends on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, and during this period, the alter is dressed as above. Canon Chaplain Roger Hall had the cross made shortly after his arrival at the Tower, and each year talks about the symbolism of the True Cross, as well as the purple robe of mockery, the nails, the crown of thorns, dye that soldiers used to cast lots for Christ’s robe, and the sponge set on a reed to offer gall and vinegar to Jesus.
Easter Sunday is treated as a State Service, so the Constable or Governor attends, having marched from the Queen’s House, accompanied by an escort of Yeoman Warders. They take their seats, except for the Chief Yeoman Warder and the Gaoler, who march to the alter, where the Chief’s Silver Staff and the Gaoler’s Axe are given to the Canon Chaplain, who lays them on the alter for the duration of the service.
The font is set with a scene representing Calvary, and Easter eggs are handed out following the service; it’s now time for Christians to celebrate. People of all faiths are welcome and respected at the Chapel Royal.