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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Meghan Markle’s outfit at the Service of Thanksgiving

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The Duchess of Sussex channeled First Lady style as she joined Prince Harry for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday. 

Meghan, 40, was the picture of poise in a cream coat, believed to be by Dior, and matching shoes by the designer as she made her first public royal appearance in more than two years.

While Meghan kept her look understated by opting for a netural shade and a classic cut, she still looked the height of elegance, in a style reminiscent of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.  

The Sussexes were last seen with The Firm at the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals. 

But it was a far more relaxed affair on Friday morning, with the couple smiling broadly as they arrived at the London cathedral ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Meghan and Harry were greeted on the steps of St Paul’s by the Lord Mayor of London and held hands as they took their seats beside Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and their husbands. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in a separate car a short time later, avoiding any potentially tense interaction between the foursome.

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.

Meghan, 40, was the picture of poise in a cream coat, believed to be by Dior, and matching shoes by the designer as she made her first public royal appearance in more than two years

The Duchess of Sussex kept her look understated and donned a pair of leather gloves to match her outfit as she left Westminster Abbey today

The Duchess of Sussex kept her look understated and donned a pair of leather gloves to match her outfit as she left Westminster Abbey today 

Meghan's look was similar to an all-white ensemble worn by Jackie Kennedy on a visit to India in 1962

The Duchess of Sussex shared a joke with Harry's cousin Zara Tindall as they left St Paul's Cathedral on Friday

The Duchess of Sussex shared a joke with Harry’s cousin Zara Tindall as they left St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday

Prince Harry's cousin Peter Phillips chatted to the Sussexes and his sister Zara as they left the service this morning

Prince Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips chatted to the Sussexes and his sister Zara as they left the service this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left St Paul's Cathedral hand-in-hand after joining senior royals for the service on Friday

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left St Paul’s Cathedral hand-in-hand after joining senior royals for the service on Friday

Peter Phillips, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and David Armstrong-Jones on the steps of St Paul's

Peter Phillips, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and David Armstrong-Jones on the steps of St Paul’s

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave St Paul's Cathedral

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right) outside St Paul’s Cathedral today

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex chatted to the lively Zara Tindall, who looked stunning in pink, after the service

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex chatted to the lively Zara Tindall, who looked stunning in pink, after the service

Meghan Markle flashed a smile at Peter Phillips as the pair chatted outside St Paul's Cathedral following the service

Meghan Markle flashed a smile at Peter Phillips as the pair chatted outside St Paul’s Cathedral following the service

Prince Harry took his wife's hand as they made their way down the steps of St Paul's Cathedral following the service on Friday

Prince Harry took his wife’s hand as they made their way down the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral following the service on Friday 

The Duchess of Sussex put on an elegant display in a cream Dior coat and shoes by the designer for the outing today

Meghan and Harry leaving St Paul's Cathedral today

The Duchess of Sussex put on an elegant display in a cream Dior coat and shoes by the designer for the outing today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in good spirits as they left the cathedral following the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in good spirits as they left the cathedral following the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats alongside Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their husbands

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats alongside Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their husbands

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

Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul's Cathedral today

Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

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

Prince Charles and Camilla lead the royal departures from St Paul's Cathedral after the service this afternoon

Prince Charles and Camilla lead the royal departures from St Paul’s Cathedral after the service this afternoon

Buckingham Palace officials took great care in trying to avoid a repeat of the frosty scenes when the Sussexes and Cambridges sat near each other and left together at their last joint event in March 2020 at Westminster Abbey.

And aides would have been delighted that today’s service in front of 2,000 special guests passed without any such incident or negative ‘optics’ given the attempts to ensure today was about the Queen and her 70-year reign.

Members of the crowd outside St Paul’s sang the National Anthem while they waited for the Royal Family to leave at the end, before Charles and Camilla were the first to walk out as the bells began to toll at the end of the service.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed, with Kate waving cheerily to the crowds while chatting to her husband. 

Some of the royal family – including the Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor – later appeared at a reception at Guildhall but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not. 

The Duchess of Sussex looked radiant in a belted cream coat dress with chic collar detailing. She pared the classic piece with a wide brimmed hat and a pair of classic point-toe pumps. 

The Duchess of Sussex spent time chatting to Prince Harry's cousin Peter Phillips following the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duchess of Sussex spent time chatting to Prince Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips following the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duchess of Sussex, who looked elegant in a coat and shoes by Dior, held her husband's hand as they left St Paul's

The Duchess of Sussex, who looked elegant in a coat and shoes by Dior, held her husband’s hand as they left St Paul’s

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex both held their order of service as they left the cathedral on Friday morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex both held their order of service as they left the cathedral on Friday morning

The Duchess of Sussex smiles after leaving the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral today

The Duchess of Sussex smiles after leaving the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after attending the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after attending the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral today

Completing the monochrome ensemble, Meghan carried a pair of cream leather gloves. 

Although Meghan is typically known for stacking delicate rings, bracelets and necklaces, she chose to keep her jewellery simple for the service. 

The Duchess wore her £10,500 diamond ‘stowstorm’ earrings from Canadian jewellery designer Birks and her £4,200 Cartier Love bracelet, both of which she has worn on a number of previous occasions. 

She also showed of her stunning diamond engagement ring and matching wedding band. 

Following the service, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex left the cathedral hand-in-hand and spent time speaking to his cousin Zara Tindall and her brother Peter Phillips. 

Zara, who also enjoys a close relationship with Prince William, appeared relaxed and breezy as she chatted to the Sussexes.  

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

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 took their seats beside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at today's engagement

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats beside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at today’s engagement

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured, took their seats separately to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, avoiding any awkward moments between the foursome

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured, took their seats separately to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, avoiding any awkward moments between the foursome

Meghan kept an affectionate hand on her husband's back as they took their seats alongside Eugenie at St Paul's Cathedral

Meghan kept an affectionate hand on her husband’s back as they took their seats alongside Eugenie at St Paul’s Cathedral 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by the Lord Mayor of London on their arrival at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by the Lord Mayor of London on their arrival at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday

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 Sussex put on her gloves as she left the cathedral hand-in-hand with her husband Prince Harry

The Duchess of Sussex put on her gloves as she left the cathedral hand-in-hand with her husband Prince Harry

The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning as she made her arrival at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning

The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning as she made her arrival at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning

The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning as she made her arrival at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning

Prince Harry gave the crowds of cheering well-wishers a wave as the couple made their way inside St Paul's Cathedral

Prince Harry gave the crowds of cheering well-wishers a wave as the couple made their way inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Smiling Meghan chatted to her husband as they waited for the Service of Thanksgiving to start on Friday morning

Smiling Meghan chatted to her husband as they waited for the Service of Thanksgiving to start on Friday morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seated alongside Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in the cathedral

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seated alongside Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in the cathedral 

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

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. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kept a low profile as they watched the spectacular military display from inside the Major General’s Office, overlooking Horse Guards Parade. 

The couple stayed largely out of public view as they took in the action alongside the Tindalls, Peter Phillips and their families. The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge and her children were also present. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats alongside Princess Beatrice (in blue), Princess Eugenie and their husbands

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats alongside Princess Beatrice (in blue), Princess Eugenie and their husbands

The Duchess of Sussex kept a hand on her husband's back as they took their seats at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday

The Duchess of Sussex kept a hand on her husband’s back as they took their seats at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at 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

At one point Meghan Markle whispered something in her husband's ear as they waited for the service to start

At one point Meghan Markle whispered something in her husband’s ear as they waited for the service to start

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

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats next to Jack Brooksbank ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their seats next to Jack Brooksbank ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving

Prince Harry listened to his wife as she whispered something in his ear while waiting for the service to start

Prince Harry listened to his wife as she whispered something in his ear while waiting for the service to start

Harry and Meghan chatted briefly ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning

Harry and Meghan chatted briefly ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning

In typically affectionate fashion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands as they made their way inside the cathedral

In typically affectionate fashion, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands as they made their way inside the cathedral 

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. 

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.

Radiant Meghan beamed as she chatted to the Lord Mayor on her arrival at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning

Radiant Meghan beamed as she chatted to the Lord Mayor on her arrival at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shook hands with the Lord Mayor of London as they made their way into the cathedral

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shook hands with the Lord Mayor of London as they made their way into the cathedral 

Meghan opted for a chic monochrome look, pairing a cream dress with coordinating hat, shoes and gloves for the occasion

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving on Friday

Meghan opted for a chic monochrome look, pairing a cream dress with coordinating hat, shoes and gloves for the occasion

The couple looked stylish as they made their way inside St Paul's Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday

The couple looked stylish as they made their way inside St Paul’s Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday 

Meghan Markle looked composed as she arrived for her first royal engagement in more than two years

Meghan Markle looked composed as she arrived for her first royal engagement in more than two years

The Duchess of Sussex put on a typically glamorous display as she arrived with Prince Harry for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday

The Duchess of Sussex put on a typically glamorous display as she arrived with Prince Harry for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at St Paul's Cathedral ahead of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corwnall

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corwnall 

Meghan Markle looked stunning in a white coat dress, matching shoes and matching hat for the service on Friday morning

The Duchess of Sussex at St Paul's Cathedral today

Meghan Markle looked stunning in a white coat dress, matching shoes and matching hat for the service on Friday morning

Prince Harry arrives at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning to celebrate his grandmother's Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry arrives 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

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

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in excellent spirits as they arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning

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. 

The 96-year-old Queen missed 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.’

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, greet guests at St Paul's Cathedral this morning

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, greet guests at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning

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

(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

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

Princess Anne take her seat in St Paul's Cathedral, London, for the National Service of Thanksgiving this morning

Princess Anne take her seat in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, for the National Service of Thanksgiving this morning

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson attend the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul's Cathedral this morning

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning

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.

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.

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

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

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

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’.

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.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's today

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s today

Peter Phillips arrives for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning

Peter Phillips arrives for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning 

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

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

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

The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive with their children Louise and James for the service at St Paul's Cathedral today

The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive with their children Louise and James for the service at St Paul’s Cathedral today

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

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

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, smiles as he arrives at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral today

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, smiles as he arrives at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

‘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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