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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Lady Louise Windsor joins royals at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Lady Louise Windsor donned a cream dress as she joined her parents and brother at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. 

The Queen’s granddaughter, 18, put her best foot forward in a silk frock by Ghost and a sequinned pink headband by JT Millinery as she made her second high profile appearance in as many days.

The Wessexes joined senior royals including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the service on Friday morning. 

The teenager played a starring role in Trooping the Colour yesterday, joining her parents Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex and brother James, Viscount Severn, in a carriage for the Queen’s birthday parade before making her appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside the Queen. 

The Queen’s granddaughter, 18, put her best foot forward in a silk frock by Ghost and a sequinned pink headband by JT Millinery as she made her second high profile appearance in as many days

The Queen's granddaughter, 18, put her best foot forward in a silk frock by Ghost and a sequinned pink headband by JT Millinery as she made her second high profile appearance in as many days

The Queen’s granddaughter, 18, put her best foot forward in a silk frock by Ghost and a sequinned pink headband by JT Millinery as she made her second high profile appearance in as many days

Fresh-faced Lady Louise looked lovely in a headband and gold jewellery. Her blonde hair cascaded down her shoulders in wavy locks

Fresh-faced Lady Louise looked lovely in a headband and gold jewellery. Her blonde hair cascaded down her shoulders in wavy locks 

She enjoys a particularly close relationship with her grandmother, and with her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Charles represented the Queen at the service in London today after she was forced to pull out last night, and there will also be no appearance from Prince Andrew after he tested positive for coronavirus. 

It comes a day after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their daughter Lilibet to the Queen for the first time. Their son Archie, three, was born in the UK and met the Queen as a baby but Lilibet, who turns one tomorrow and was named in Her Majesty’s honour, has never met her great-grandmother.

The couple introduced Lilibet to the Queen yesterday at Windsor after attending a private Royal Family lunch at Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour. 

The teenager, who donned a white dress, cautiously walked down the cathedral's steps by her uncle's side, clutching a red handbag

The teenager, who donned a white dress, cautiously walked down the cathedral’s steps by her uncle’s side, clutching a red handbag 

Matching mother and daughter! Sophie Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise were perfectly co-ordinated today in shades of nude and blush as they attended a reception after the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Matching mother and daughter! Sophie Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise were perfectly co-ordinated today in shades of nude and blush as they attended a reception after the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Lady Louise Windsor was seated between her mother Sophie Wessex and brother James, Viscount Severn, for the service

Lady Louise Windsor was seated between her mother Sophie Wessex and brother James, Viscount Severn, for the service

After the service, the Wessexes paused on the steps of St Paul's with Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence

After the service, the Wessexes paused on the steps of St Paul’s with Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence 

Sophie and her daughter, 18, paused to chat to Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne's husband, after the service in tribute to the Queen

Sophie and her daughter, 18, paused to chat to Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband, after the service in tribute to the Queen 

Lady Louise Windsor smiled at the crowds as she joined her parents in the back of a car to St Paul's Cathedral this morning

Lady Louise Windsor smiled at the crowds as she joined her parents in the back of a car to St Paul’s Cathedral this morning

Lady Louise Windsor shook hands with the Lord Mayor of London as she arrived with her family at St Paul's Cathedral

Lady Louise Windsor shook hands with the Lord Mayor of London as she arrived with her family at St Paul’s Cathedral 

Lady Louise, pictured left, waited dutifully as her parents were greeted by the Lord Mayor of London on Friday morning

Lady Louise, pictured left, waited dutifully as her parents were greeted by the Lord Mayor of London on Friday morning

Lady Louise Windsor arrived with her parents Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex and her brother James, Viscount Severn

Lady Louise Windsor arrived with her parents Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex and her brother James, Viscount Severn

Prince Edward was joined by his wife Sophie Wessex, daughter Lady Louise and son James, Viscount Severn, at the service

Prince Edward was joined by his wife Sophie Wessex, daughter Lady Louise and son James, Viscount Severn, at the service

The Royal Family turned out in force for the Service of Thanksgiving, although the Queen chose to stay at home after experiencing 'discomfort' at Trooping the Colour on Thursday

The Royal Family turned out in force for the Service of Thanksgiving, although the Queen chose to stay at home after experiencing ‘discomfort’ at Trooping the Colour on Thursday 

Harry and Meghan, who are staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while visiting from California, are expected to remain mostly low-profile over the four-day Jubilee weekend, with no sign of the Netflix cameras that followed them around at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April.

The Sussexes were not allowed on the Buckingham Palace balcony yesterday and instead watched proceedings from Horse Guards Parade.

They were glimpsed through an open window as they caught up with other members of the family, including Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, and Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter Mia, eight. 

(Left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales today

(Left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales today

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles sit down at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral today

The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles sit down at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

The Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge take their seats in St Paul's Cathedral this morning

The Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge take their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral this morning

Jovial Prince Harry joked around with Jack Brooksbank, the husband of his cousin Princess Eugenie, ahead of the service

Jovial Prince Harry joked around with Jack Brooksbank, the husband of his cousin Princess Eugenie, ahead of the service

Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank and the Duke of Sussex smile during the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's today

Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank and the Duke of Sussex smile during the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s today

Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, and her husband Mike Tindall arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving ths morning

Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, and her husband Mike Tindall arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving ths morning

The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The 96-year-old Queen is missing today’s service at St Paul’s following a last-minute decision announced by the Palace at 7.30pm last night after she experienced ‘discomfort’ during the Trooping The Colour events.

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.’

News of the Queen’s meeting with Lilibet yesterday – which comes ahead of her first birthday tomorrow – was revealed on BBC Breakfast this morning by royal commentator Omid Scobie, who is friendly with the Sussexes.

He said: ‘I think people are expecting some sort of big birthday extravagant event, that we’re going to see photographs from. From what I’m told, we shouldn’t expect anything. 

‘Those moments with Lilibet are very much private between them and the Queen and of course we know how much she’s been looking forward to it.

‘They’ve been held back by a pandemic. Of course the times that Harry has been here it’s just been by himself for quite sombre occasions. And so this really was the first time.

‘Of course we know the Queen went back to Windsor Castle yesterday, the couple went back to Windsor as well where they’re staying at Frogmore Cottage. So that would have been the first moment or the first chance for her to meet her namesake.’

Yesterday, Harry and Meghan made a concerted effort not to be seen by prying eyes as they watched Trooping the Colour yesterday, arriving incognito at Horse Guards Parade and studiously keeping away from most – although not all – of the waiting photographers.

The couple arrived in the UK on Wednesday afternoon, flying in by private jet from Los Angeles to Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, where they were picked up by royal bodyguards and taken to Frogmore Cottage.

The Duchess of Sussex carried a pair of cream leather gloves in her hand as she climbed the steps at the cathedral today

Meghan and Harry make their entrance at St Paul's Cathedral

The Duchess of Sussex carried a pair of cream leather gloves in her hand as she climbed the steps at the cathedral today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held their hands as they took their seats at St Paul's Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held their hands as they took their seats at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning

Prince Charles and Camilla arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral today

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

Princess Anne arrives at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Princess Anne arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall attend the thanksgiving service at St Paul's today

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall attend the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s today

Harry and Meghan arrive at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning to celebrate his grandmother's Platinum Jubilee

Harry and Meghan arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning to celebrate his grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee

Princess Michael of Kent arrives at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning

Princess Michael of Kent arrives at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning

Yesterday a Range Rover with a modest escort swept them in to Central London and onto Whitehall, where they took up position in the Major General’s Office overlooking the parade ground ready for the other royals to arrive.

Among the first to greet them were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edo, as well as the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips.

Meghan was seen kissing his elder daughter, Savannah, 11, as his younger daughter, Isla, 10, held Zara and Mike Tindall’s younger daughter Lena, almost four.

As Princess Beatrice’s husband, Edo Mapelli-Mozzi, looked on, Meghan, 40, appeared to be sharing a secret with the youngsters, who were joined by the Tindalls’ eldest daughter Mia, eight.

Meghan, wearing a large wide-brimmed navy and white hat, put her finger mysteriously to her lips as the girls mimicked her, laughing.

Her husband, Harry, 37, who looked tanned in a lounge suit rather than military uniform, was also seen later entering into the spirit of things, apparently urging Lena to ‘shush’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson look at each other next to Liz Truss and Priti Patel this morning

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson look at each other next to Liz Truss and Priti Patel this morning

Ex-prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral today

Ex-prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

Former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral today

Former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral today

Crowds gather before a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London today

Crowds gather before a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today

The couple were later seen chatting to the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, 86, before he left the family gathering to join the monarch at Buckingham Palace, where they took the returning military salute together.

Last month Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen had personally decided to only invite working members of the Royal Family and some of their children onto the Buckingham Palace balcony with her.

This neatly sidestepped the tricky issue about what to do with Harry, Meghan and Andrew who have all quit royal duties.

But while Andrew wasn’t invited to join the family following his shaming over his links to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, she did extend an olive branch to the Sussexes to join other family members at Horse Guards to watch the parade from the windows of the Duke of Wellington’s old office.

Those on the Buckingham Palace balcony also included the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and her three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – after they had arrived by carriage along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

A man adorned in Union Jacks holds a flag of the Queen as royal fans gather outside St Paul's Cathedral in London today

A man adorned in Union Jacks holds a flag of the Queen as royal fans gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London today

Guests arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning for the Platinum Jubilee

Guests arrive at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning for the Platinum Jubilee

Wellwishers wait for the arrival of the Royal Family ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral this morning

Wellwishers wait for the arrival of the Royal Family ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning

Royal fans line the streets outside of St Paul's Cathedral in London today ahead of the the National Service of Thanksgiving

Royal fans line the streets outside of St Paul’s Cathedral in London today ahead of the the National Service of Thanksgiving

Royal fans gather on St Paul's Churchyard in London ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving this morning

Royal fans gather on St Paul’s Churchyard in London ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving this morning

Princess Alexandra, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also present as well as the children of Princess Margaret, Lord Snowden and Lady Sarah Chatto, and their families.

As for Harry and Meghan, Mr Scobie told BBC Breakfast today that he ‘spoke to people close to the couple’ who said that the couple ‘wanted to be as low profile as possible during this trip’.

He continued: ‘It is almost hard to believe, but I think that yesterday at Trooping the Colour was a great example. We didn’t really catch sight of them on TV cameras. There were a few grainy photos of them in existence online but that is about as far as it goes.

‘And for them being here is all about honouring and really celebrating the life and legacy of the Queen. Someone that they have continued a very warm and close relationship with.

‘Of course we know that is not the same with the other family members and today will be very interesting to see them alongside some of them.

‘I was with the couple on their last day in the UK, on Meghan’s last engagement, and of course we remember they also went on to that Westminster Abbey Commonwealth service.

‘Very awkward moments between the Sussexes and the Cambridges. It was almost sort of at the peak of the tensions between them and the institutions of the monarchy.

‘A lot of that has softened since then. It doesn’t meant that the relationships have necessarily gotten back on track to how they once were. I think all eyes will be on them today just to see how they all are with the other members of the family.

‘But of course everyone is here to celebrate the faith, the reign and the lifetime of service of the Queen.

‘And I think for them, despite the fact that they broke away from the firm, they always said that they had carried out their work. Holding, upholding the same principles and values as Her Majesty.’

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