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Boris Johnson And Five Ex Prime Ministers Attend St Paul’s Jubilee Service

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Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were joined by five previous Prime Ministers today as they attended the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

For the historic occasion, Carrie chose a bright red Sandro dress, an AJ Gretton Millinery hat and Dune shoes.

She was pictured walking hand in hand with Mr Johnson up the steps of the cathedral before the couple took their seats.

Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, arrived with her husband Philip, while David Cameron – who stepped down after the 2016 Brexit referendum – was pictured with his wife Samantha.

Also in attendance were Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, along with Tony and Cherie Blair.

The two men had a fraught relationship when Mr Blair was Prime Minister and Mr Brown his Chancellor, but the couple was pictured smiling as they spoke at St Paul’s. Mr Brown succeeded Mr Blair as Prime Minister in 2007.

In St Paul’s, Mr. and Mrs. Blair sat next to Mr. Brown and his wife, while Mr. and Mrs. Cameron sat to her left.

Johnson and Carrie sat two rows ahead of former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, who left Downing Street in 1997 after serving for five years following his loss in the general election to Mr Blair’s New Labour.

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie were joined by five previous Prime Ministers today as they attended the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Two rows behind them sat former Prime Minister John Major

Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, arrived with her husband Philip, while David Cameron - who stepped down after the 2016 Brexit referendum - was pictured with his wife Samantha

Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, arrived with her husband Philip, while David Cameron – who stepped down after the 2016 Brexit referendum – was pictured with his wife Samantha

David Cameron - who stepped down after the 2016 Brexit referendum - was pictured with his wife Samantha

The couple arrives at St Paul's

David Cameron – who stepped down after the Brexit referendum in 2016 – was pictured with his wife Samantha. Above: The couple arrives at St Paul’s

In St Paul's Mr and Mrs Blair sat next to Mr Brown and his wife while Mr and Mrs Cameron sat to her left

In St Paul’s Mr and Mrs Blair sat next to Mr Brown and his wife while Mr and Mrs Cameron sat to her left

Mr Blair and Mr Brown had a fraught relationship when Mr Blair was Prime Minister and Mr Brown his Chancellor, but the couple was pictured smiling as they spoke to each other.  Mr Brown succeeded Mr Blair as Prime Minister in 2007

Mr Blair and Mr Brown had a fraught relationship when Mr Blair was Prime Minister and Mr Brown his Chancellor, but the couple was pictured smiling as they spoke to each other. Mr Brown succeeded Mr Blair as Prime Minister in 2007

Prince Charles officially represents the 96-year-old monarch at the service this morning in London, which will also be attended by Harry and Meghan for their first joint royal engagement in over two years.

But the Queen will miss the event following a last-minute decision announced by Buckingham Palace at 7.30pm yesterday after experiencing ‘discomfort’ at Trooping The Color events earlier in the day.

There will also be no performance by Prince Andrew at St Paul’s after he tested positive for coronavirus. The Queen watches the service from her Berkshire residence and is broadcast nationally on BBC One.

Political guests arrived in front of the royal family, including cabinet ministers Sajid Javid, Liz Truss and Priti Patel.

Shortly afterwards, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrived with her husband and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer. Members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force lined up on either side of the Great West Door.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sit in the second row of the congregation, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, Princess Margaret’s daughter, and her family.

Harry and Meghan sit behind the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who sit in the front row with their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Across the aisle, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who have ornate seats, have seats next to them for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence.

Earlier, a member of the Royal Air Force in the military honor guard collapsed along the steps to St Paul’s, but was able to get up and be helped away. After that, a second soldier also collapsed, but was also able to get up and was helped away on foot, despite getting a stretcher out.

The Queen is said to have experienced episodic mobility problems yesterday – and in a statement Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen “enjoyed her birthday parade and overflights very much, but “experienced some discomfort”.

Tony Blair arrives with his wife Cherie for today's Thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral.  The couple sat next to Mr Brown and his wife Sarah

Tony Blair arrives with his wife Cherie for today’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral. The couple sat next to Mr Brown and his wife Sarah

Gordon Brown arrives with his wife Sarah at today's Thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral.  The couple sat next to Mr. and Mrs. Blair

Gordon Brown arrives with his wife Sarah at today’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral. The couple sat next to Mr. and Mrs. Blair

Mr and Mrs Johnson sat next to Secretary of State Liz Truss, who had Home Secretary Priti Patel – dressed in a bright pink outfit – to her left

Mr and Mrs Johnson sat next to Secretary of State Liz Truss, who had Home Secretary Priti Patel – dressed in a bright pink outfit – to her left

Mrs. May, accompanied by her husband Philip, arrives to attend the Thanksgiving service for the Queen's reign at Saint Paul's Cathedral

Mrs. May, accompanied by her husband Philip, arrives to attend the Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s reign at Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha at St Paul's today.  Her Majesty was unable to attend the service after suffering 'inconvenience' after yesterday's celebrations

Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha at St Paul’s today. Her Majesty was unable to attend the service after suffering ‘inconvenience’ after yesterday’s celebrations

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

Carrie chose a bright red Sandro dress, an AJ Gretton Millinery hat and Dune shoes for the historic occasion

She was pictured walking hand in hand with Mr Johnson up the steps of the cathedral before the couple took their seats

For the historic occasion, Carrie chose a bright red Sandro dress, an AJ Gretton Millinery hat and Dune shoes. She was pictured walking hand in hand with Mr Johnson up the steps of the cathedral before the couple took their seats

Mrs Johnson looks beyond her husband during the service at St Paul's Cathedral

In another shot, the Prime Minister looks past his wife at Mrs. Truss

Looking both ways, Mrs. Johnson looks beyond her husband during the service at St Paul’s Cathedral. In another shot, the Prime Minister looks past his wife at Mrs. Truss

It read: ‘Considering the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has regretfully concluded that she will not be attending.’

It is clear that the decision ahead of the service, which begins at 11:30 am today, was considered regrettable but wise due to the length of the journey and the time involved and the physical demands the service would make.

Senior members of the monarchy also in attendance this morning include the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will be joined by the extended royal family.

Tributes will be paid to the Queen’s ’70 years of faithful and devoted service’ in front of 2,000 people, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cabinet ministers, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and former prime ministers.

Public service is the theme at the heart of the religious event, with 400 people receiving awards, including NHS and key figures recognized for their work during the pandemic, invited.

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell, will deliver the sermon to the congregation after stepping in at 11 a.m. after the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, contracted Covid-19.

Hundreds of people gathered outside St Paul’s, some wearing hats bearing the Union flag and others hanging flags and streamers over the railings as they approached the cathedral – and many guests had their photos taken outside the Great West Door, which also includes members of the royal family are due to enter the cathedral for the event.

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