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Prince Harry today sported his ceremonial medals as he appeared for the Service of Thanksgiving during the second day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today, the Duke of Sussex, 37, who is currently living in his $14 million mansion in the US having stepped back from royal duty, wore his special Platinum Jubilee medal, which he was awarded by the Queen, proudly pinned to his chest. 

As with previous jubilees, the Queen paid privately for the medals to be given to members of her ‘wider’ family, both working and non-working. 

The commemorative medals were also being presented to frontline staff at the police, fire and emergency services who have completed five years’ service, as a token of thanks. Members of the royal household with one year of qualifying service will receive medals too. 

Harry, who acrimoniously quit as a working royal and moved to the US in pursuit of lucrative commercial careers while repeatedly criticising the Royal Family, was awarded the medal alongside his wife Meghan as a matter of course.

He wore it with a number of other pieces today, including the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal in 2008 for service in Helmand Province. 

It is understood that Harry wore his medals with his ‘civilian dress’ during todays event, where the dress code may have said ‘decorations’.

Prince Harry today sported his ceremonial medals as he appeared alongside his wife for the Service of Thanksgiving during the second day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

He wore a Star of the Grand Cross Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. On the other side of his jacket he wore medals for the Golden Jubilee, 2012 Diamond Jubilee and Platinum Jubilee

He wore a Star of the Grand Cross Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. On the other side of his jacket he wore medals for the Golden Jubilee, 2012 Diamond Jubilee and Platinum Jubilee

Charles’ youngest spent 10 years in the Army and served two tours of Afghanistan.

The royal also had the his KCVO Neck Order, which is awarded as part of the Royal Victorian Order – a monarchical order of knighthood, which was given to Harry in 2015 by the Queen ‘for services to the sovereign’.

On the other side of his jacket he wore medals for the Golden Jubilee, 2012 Diamond Jubilee and Platinum Jubilee.

In January, a royal said said: ‘In common with previous jubilees, it is likely that wider members of the Royal Family would receive the Platinum Jubilee medal… they are funded privately and are commemorative.’ 

Timothy Noad from the College of Arms designed the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal, made of nickel silver, which features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen with the Latin inscription ‘Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fid Def’ – Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

On the reverse is the heraldic image of the royal crest and the years of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 1952-2022. 

the Duke of Cambridge wearing the new Platinum Jubilee medal, his 2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Other royals including Prince Charles (pictured), Prince William and Prince Edward were also snapped in the medals during the event today

Other royals including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Edward were also snapped in the medals during the event today (left, the Duke of Cambridge wearing the new Platinum Jubilee medal, his 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also wore his Garter star. right, the Prince of Wales and Duchess) 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral this morning. Meghan, 40, was the picture of poise in a cream coat dress and matching hat and shoes as she joined senior royals in her first public engagement with the family in two years

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning. Meghan, 40, was the picture of poise in a cream coat dress and matching hat and shoes as she joined senior royals in her first public engagement with the family in two years

The Duke of Sussex and his medals: How Prince Harry has been given a number of awards for his service to the Queen

2002 – Awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, which was given to everyone who was in active service on February 6 2002 and had been in the forces for five years

2008 – Received an Operational Service medal to mark his service in Afghanistan.

2012 – Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which was awarded to all those in the Armed Forces, emergency services, prison services and members of the Royal Household.

2015 – Knighted by his grandmother for his service and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).

2022 – Awarded the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal despite stepping back from royal duty 

Medals have been awarded to mark royal jubilees since the Victorian period when the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign was commemorated in 1887 with a medal.

In recent decades, medals have been issued to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Other royals including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Edward were also snapped in the medals during the event today. 

The Prince of Wales wore medals including: a garter star, an Order of Merit, the Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand), Coronation Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal, Naval Long Service Good Conduct (LSGC), Canadian Forces Decoration, The New Zealand Commemmorative Medal, and the New Zealand Armed Forces Award.

The Garter Star is the most prestigious British order of chivalry, which The Prince of Wales was awarded in 1958.

The Prince Of Wales also wore the Queen’s Service Order, which was awarded to him in New Zealand in 1983, to recognise ‘valuable voluntary service to the community and faithful services to the Crown’

Around his neck, Charles wore the Queen’s Coronation medal, commemorating the year his mother took the throne, as well as medals to mark The Queen’s Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees.

There was also his Canadian forces decoration. The Duke of Cornwall was awarded this in 2002 in recognition of his 32 years of service as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment, as well as his New Zealand Commerative medal which he was awarded in 1990.

The other medals included his Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to mark the good conduct of armed forces personnel.

Prince William wore the new Platinum Jubilee medal, his 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Like his father, William has a Garter star on display as he is a member of the Order of the Garter.

The youngest of the Queen’s children, The Earl of Wessex displayed the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal during today’s funeral.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left, circled) sit across the aisle from the Sussexes (right, circled) at St Paul's today

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left, circled) sit across the aisle from the Sussexes (right, circled) at St Paul’s today

Back in the fold? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked to be enjoying the occasion as they chatted to fellow royals seated around them (Pictured from right: Lady Sarah Chatto, the Sussexes, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, bottom row from left, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex's son James, Viscount Severn)

Back in the fold? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked to be enjoying the occasion as they chatted to fellow royals seated around them (Pictured from right: Lady Sarah Chatto, the Sussexes, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, bottom row from left, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s son James, Viscount Severn)

Prince Harry looks up at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning as he celebrates his grandmother's Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry looks up at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning as he celebrates his grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee medal was hailed by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries as a fitting tribute to the soldiers and frontline workers who received the award marking the Queen’s 70-year reign 

The Platinum Jubilee medal has been hailed as a fitting tribute

The Platinum Jubilee medal has been hailed as a fitting tribute

The Culture Secretary hailed the Platinum Jubilee medal as a fitting tribute to the sacrifices of the Armed Forces, emergency services and others received the award marking the Queen’s 70-year reign. 

Medals were awarded to living recipients of the Victoria and George Crosses and serving frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and Armed Forces who completed five years service on February 6 2022, the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

Medals have been awarded to mark royal jubilees since the Victorian period when the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign was commemorated in 1887 with a medal.

In recent decades, medals have been issued to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Silver Jubilee in 1977.

On the reverse is the heraldic image of the royal crest and the years of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - 1952-2022

On the reverse is the heraldic image of the royal crest and the years of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 1952-2022

 

Edward wore his Canadian Forces Decoration, and New Zealand Commemorative medals. 

Today, Harry and Meghan spent a few minutes talking to the senior cleric before they entered the place of worship and proceeded to greet the long line of clergy. Harry stopped to chat for a few moments with the Archbishop of York.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then arrived to loud cheers and waved to the public as they walked up the steps to the cathedral. The Duchess was wearing a dress by Emilia Wickstead and a Philip Treacy hat.

Charles and Camilla were the last royals to arrive, stopping to speak with the clergy before making their way inside to their seats. Camilla wore an ivory and gold embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare and hat by Philip Treacy. Kate and William, followed by Charles and Camilla, were then led in a procession to their seats in the front row.

Harry and Meghan had to squeeze past his cousins Beatrice and Eugenie, who were already seated, to get to their places. Harry was spotted, with his mouth open, appearing to be enjoying a joke with another royal seated across the aisle. Beatrice, sitting a few seats down, was also grinning in the same direction.

Political guests arrived ahead of the royals, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, former prime minister Sir Tony Blair and his wife Cherie, Sir John Major and other ex-prime ministers Gordon Brown, Theresa May and David Cameron, and their spouses. Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid and Liz Truss were also there.

The Queen was not in attendance today, with Prince Charles officially representing her after she was forced to pull out.

She is understood to have suffered episodic mobility issues yesterday – and, in a statement, the Palace revealed the Queen ‘greatly enjoyed’ her birthday parade and flypast but ‘did experience some discomfort’.

It said: ‘Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend.’

The decision ahead of the service was considered regrettable but sensible due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the service would require.

Both Prince Andrew and The Archbishop of Canterbury have tested positive for coronavirus and did not attend, with the Archbishop of York giving a sermon instead.

Senior royals including the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Wessex’s at the service, with Harry and Meghan making their first appearance with the family since the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth Service in March 2020.

Members of the Cabinet are also attended today’s proceedings, with Boris Johnson reading from the Bible.

Additionally, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was at the Service, alongside first ministers of the devolved administrations and former prime ministers. 

Meanwhile key workers, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces were invited to the Service of Thanksgiving in recognition of their contribution to public life.

More than 400 people, who have been making a difference either nationally or locally, were among the guests and many have been working tirelessly during the pandemic.

Before the service began, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band), played as the congregation arrived and the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry performed to mark royal arrivals, while the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force accompanied them later in the service.

Return to royal life: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted at the Great West Door by the Dean of St Paul's this morning

Return to royal life: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted at the Great West Door by the Dean of St Paul’s this morning

Where and when can I watch the Platinum Jubilee celebrations? 

Here is a rundown of what will happen today and for the next two days as the nation pays tribute to the Queen’s 70 years as sovereign during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, and where to watch the events on television.

TODAY 

  • 12.25pm – Members of the royal family attend a Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor

TOMORROW 

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet celebrates her first birthday.
  • Senior royals tour the UK, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting Cardiff Castle to meet stars ahead of a jubilee concert, the Princess Royal taking part in an animal-handling session at Edinburgh Zoo and the Earl and Countess of Wessex travelling to Northern Ireland.
  • 4.30pm – The Epsom Derby takes place. Avid racegoer the Queen is no longer planning to attend, although members of the royal family are expected to be there. Ed Chamberlin presents racing coverage on ITV from 12.40pm. A guard of honour, made of up to 40 of the Queen’s past and present jockeys, is due to line the course.
  • 7.40pm – Royals arrive at the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace concert. Coverage begins on BBC One from 7.30pm with Kirsty Young in St James’s Park, and Roman Kemp backstage.
  • 8pm-10.30pm – The open-air show in front of the palace, features stars including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Diana Ross.

SUNDAY

  • Street parties and Big Jubilee Lunches are staged across the country.
  • Coverage begins on BBC One from 1pm with commentary from Clare Balding, while Kirsty Young, AJ Odudu, Anita Rani, Anton Du Beke, Sophie Morgan and Owain Wyn Evans report on street parties across the UK.
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall join a flagship feast at The Oval cricket ground in south London, while Edward and Sophie meet people creating the ‘Long Table’ down on The Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle.
  • 2.30pm-5pm – The Jubilee Pageant takes place in central London, with a 3km carnival procession featuring a cast of thousands including puppets, celebrities and tributes to the seven decades of the Queen’s reign.
  • It will move from Horse Guards, along Whitehall to Admiralty Arch, and down The Mall to the Palace.
  • The finale will feature Ed Sheeran performing and singing the national anthem with close to 200 national treasures in front of the Queen’s official residence.
  • It is hoped the Queen will make a balcony appearance as the festivities come to a close.
  • At 8pm on BBC Two, Kirsty Young looks back at the weekend of celebrations.

 

The choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal joined together to sing the Vivats, I Was Glad by Sir Hubert Parry, performed at every coronation and now for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Before the Service of Thanksgiving, the Great Paul, the largest church bell in the country, was rung between 10.50 and 10.55.

The historic bell was made in 1882, but fell silent in the 1970s due to a broken mechanism and was then restored in 2021.

Since, the bell has rang out eight times but today’s event was the first royal occasion where it was rung before the Service begins at 11.30am. 

Royal family members arrived at the foot of the West Steps at 10.55am and then at 11.25, just before the service begins, there was a procession.

This procession featured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales and the royals in attendance took their seats under the Dome before the ceremony got underway.

There was also a prayer called The Bidding during the Service, where the Dean of St Paul’s offered ‘thanks and ‘thanks and praise for the reign of Her Majesty the Queen and especially for her 70 years of faithful and dedicated service’.

The event featured a new anthem by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, that sets to music words of the third Chapter of the Book of Proverbs. 

Bible readings, hymns and prayers to express thankfulness for the Queen’s reign, faith and service were also heard by the congregation as the nation marks the monarch’s 70 years on the throne and the ceremony ended with the singing of the national anthem.

Queen pulls out of St Paul’s service in latest absence due to mobility 

The Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving is the latest in a run of events the Queen has had to pull out of for mobility reasons.

Royal doctors will have been keeping a close eye on the elderly monarch as she embarked on the weekend of festivities.

The Prince of Wales will officially represent his mother at the service at St Paul’s Cathedral today after she experienced ‘discomfort’ during yesterday’s celebrations. It is understood the decision was considered regrettable but sensible due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the event would require.

In recent months, the 96-year-old monarch has been absent from a series of major engagements including the State Opening of Parliament.

While she made a number of in-person visits in the weeks leading up to her Jubilee celebrations, including a surprise visit to open the Elizabeth line and to tour the Chelsea Flower Show using a golf buggy, the Queen has faced ongoing ‘episodic mobility problems’, stretching back to last autumn, and now uses a walking stick.

She flew to Balmoral last week, taking the opportunity to rest during a short break ahead of the high-profile national events.

In October 2021, she used a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service – the first time she had done so at a major engagement. A week later, after a busy autumn programme, she was ordered to rest by her doctors and advised to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland.

The Queen was secretly admitted to hospital for ‘preliminary investigations’ and had her first overnight stay in hospital for eight years on October 20, 2021. The next day she was back at her desk at Windsor, carrying out light duties.

But concern for her health mounted when she pulled out of more high-profile engagements, including the Cop26 climate change summit and the Festival of Remembrance, with Buckingham Palace saying she had been advised to continue to rest and to not carry out any official visits.

She was intent on attending the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, but missed this due to a sprained back. For more than three months she carried out only light duties, including virtual and face-to-face audiences in the confines of Windsor Castle.

In February 2022, she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, meeting charity workers at Sandringham House and cutting a Jubilee cake in what was her largest in-person public engagement since October.

Many of her duties are now carried out via video calls, and the country’s longest-reigning sovereign remarked during a in-person audience in February: ‘Well, as you can see, I can’t move.’

There were fears for her health when she finally caught Covid, testing positive on February 20, 2022. The triple-vaccinated Queen suffered from mild cold-like symptoms, but said the virus left her ‘very tired and exhausted’. She carried on with light duties while self-isolating at Windsor, but cancelled some virtual audiences.

She pulled out of the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March, a significant date in the royal calendar given the importance to her of the family of nations, and did not attend the Maundy Thursday service.

But she rallied to honour the Duke of Edinburgh at a memorial service at the end of March, walking slowly and carefully with the aid of a stick, and holding on to the Duke of York’s elbow for support.

In May 2022, she missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years, with Buckingham Palace attributing her absence to ‘episodic mobility problems’.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge opened parliament on her behalf as Counsellors of State, with Charles reading the Queen’s Speech for a historic first time. 

Much has changed in the past seven months, with Buckingham Palace mostly only confirming the Queen’s attendance at engagements on the day, with the decision dependent on how she is feeling in the morning.

The Queen did go to the Windsor Horse Show in May and she was also the guest of honour at the equestrian extravaganza A Gallop Through History near Windsor, the first major event of the Jubilee festivities.

She also made a surprise appearance to officially open the Elizabeth line at Paddington Station, looking bright and cheery, but with her visit limited to just 10 minutes. She also turned up at the Chelsea Flower Show, and was driven around the floral extravaganza in her new hi-tech golf buggy for her comfort.

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