President Barack Obama kicked off the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The President was joined by his wife Michelle, daughters, Malia and Sasha, the Easter bunny and Robbie Novak aka 'Kid President'.
Members of the Royal Family were led by the Queen at the traditional Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle today.
A crowd of well-wishers gathered outside St George's Chapel to see the royals as they arrived for the Mattins service on a cold March morning.
The Queen, who was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, wore a long pink coat and matching hat accessorised by a flower.
Princess Eugenie wore a cream dress and hat with a black coat, while her sister, Princess Beatrice, wore a turquoise dress and coat, with a yellow hat. Their father, the Duke of York, was also at the service.
In his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message, Francis also called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, an end to the civil war in Syria, and political solutions to conflicts in several African countries.
The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina also condemned the "iniquitous exploitation of natural resources" and urged everyone to be "guardians" of creation.
Prime Minister David Cameron sent his best wishes to Christians celebrating Easter, saying it was an "exciting time for the faith" and paying tribute to the Christian principle of charity, as shown in the government's spending in overseas aid. He said:
"This year’s Holy Week and Easter celebrations follow an extraordinary few days for Christians.
“In the Bible, Saint Peter reminds us of the hope that comes from new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, it also reminds us of Jesus’s legacy of generosity, tolerance, mercy, and forgiveness.
“That legacy lives on in so many Christian charities and churches both at home and abroad... As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this Government.
“With that in mind, I am particularly proud to lead a Government that has kept its promise to invest 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on helping the world’s poorest...I hope you have a very happy Easter.”