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While many eyes were on the awkward reunion between Princes William and Harry this morning, some royal watchers were distracted by the appearance of hunky royal cousins Sam and Arthur Chatto.
Fans were left ‘swooning’ over the royal brothers, who are the grandsons of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, with one writing they were ‘so fit’.
The pair accompanied their mother, Lady Sarah Chatto, 58, and artist dad Daniel to St Paul’s Cathedral today for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen.
The Queen’s beloved niece and other extended royals – including her brother David Linley, Earl of Snowdon and his son Charles Armstrong-Jones – all arrived by bus for the service.
Charles officially represented the absent 96-year-old monarch at the service in London which she missed following a last-minute decision after experiencing ‘discomfort’ during Trooping The Colour events yesterday.
Fans were left ‘swooning’ over Sam (pictured) and Arhtur Chatto today, who are the grandsons of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, with one writing they were ‘so fit’. Lady Sarah Chatto and Arthur Chatto arrive for the Lord Mayor’s reception for the National Service of Thanksgiving at The Guildhall
The pair accompanied their mother, Lady Sarah Chatto, 58, and artist dad Daniel to St Paul’s Cathedral today for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen, they are pictured inside the cathedral
Lady Chatto’s youngest son Arthur, 23, the Queen’s great nephew, looked dapper in his military uniform.
The royal, who is 30th in line of succession, has won plenty of fans on social media in recent years thanks to his handsome looks and recent Royal Marine status.
Once seated in the cathedral, Arthur removed his military hat to reveal a closely-shorn haircut.
Meanwhile, his older brother, Samuel, 25, an artist, who is 29th in line to the throne, wearing a traditional morning suit, opted for a floppier hairstyle, smiling as he made his way up the steps of St Paul’s for the service.
While Prince Harry shared a joke with Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, Lady Chatto looked deep in conversation with Meghan Markle ahead of the service.
Taking to social media views at home were excited to get a glimpse of the relatively private pair.
‘Not to be unroyal but Sam & Arthur Chatto are so fit,’ said one.
‘Special shout out to Arthur Chatto, Princess Margret’s grandson, for wearing his Royal Marines uniform,’ added another.
‘Arthur Chatto really is a dish,’ commented a third.
So I wasn’t the only looking out for Arthur. I think he got 2mins of telly time,’ added a fourth.
‘Arthur Chatto in uniform!!!” added another followed by a series of heart and winking emojis.
Last year Arthur became the first royal to join the Marines.
Her Majesty was said to be ‘pleased and proud’ at her great nephew’s news, at the time, while her son and his mother’s cousin Prince Edward – who joined the gruelling commando course in 1986 but dropped out after four months – was also ‘been very supportive’.
Arthur, a personal trainer and model, reportedly ventured out on 20 mile hikes and went wild camping in the Scottish Highlands in preparation for the training while visiting the Queen and family at Balmoral earlier this month.
Taking to social media views at home were excited to get a glimpse of the relatively private pair. ‘Not to be unroyal but Sam & Arthur Chatto are so fit,’ said one.
A royal insider told the Sun at the time: ‘He has gone straight into the officer training in this year’s intake and is very keen and up for it.
‘It’s a dead cert he’ll get a lot further than Prince Edward ever did.’
Arthur, who studied geography at Edinburgh University, juggled his studies with working as a personal trainer at the ‘inclusive’ BoundFitness gym in the Scottish city.
The facility, which opened last year, is described online as focusing on the ‘mental health benefits of exercise’ and ‘making exercise inclusive’.
In a profile of the young royal shared on Instagram , Arthur wrote: ‘I’m a level 3 personal trainer, I specialise in strength and endurance training with a military focus.’
Chatto arrives at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today which saw viewers at home swooning over him as being ‘so fit’
The 58-year-old royal, who was joined by her artist husband Daniel, and their two sons, walked behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they entered St Paul’s for the service on Friday morning
Lady Chatto’s youngest son Arthur, the Queen’s great nephew, looked dapper in his military uniform; the 23-year-old has won plenty of fans on social media in recent years thanks to his handsome looks and recent Royal Marine status. Right: a floppy-haired Samuel Chatto, 25, spotted walking behind his cousin Charles Armstrong-Jones
Last summer he took part in the epic 2,000-mile GB Row Challenge around the UK to raise funds for charity, completing it on August 16.
The team had originally intended to raise the funds for Just One Ocean but said the coronavirus pandemic had inspired them to help the British Red Cross as well.
Arthur was greeted at the finish at St Katherine Docks in London by his family and girlfriend Lizzie Friend.
While Arthur is still best known for his lineage as the grandson of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret, he gained a loyal online following thanks to his very cheeky Instagram snaps – though he has recently deleted his @artchatto page.
Princess Margaret’s grandson, Arthur Chatto, 23, has shared a glimpse into the demanding training regime he had to complete for the Marine last year
Arthur, who is training to become a Marine officer, shared videos and pictures of his intense fitness regime online in the past, pictured
Arthur and his housemates completed a 2,000-mile long rowing challenge in the summer of 2020, raising more than £20,000 for the British Red Cross and One Ocean
The challenge took more than a month to complete, and required a very intense training, Arthur has revealed
While Arthur is still best known for his lineage as the grandson of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret, he is quickly gaining a loyal online following thanks to his very cheeky Instagram snaps
The royal joined an ‘inclusive’ exercise gym in Edinburgh as a personal trainer because he wanted others to experience the benefits of exercise on their mental health
Last summer Arthur took part in the epic 2,000-mile GB Row Challenge around the UK to raise funds for charity, completing it on August 16 (pictured being greeted by girlfriend Lizzie Friend)
Arthur, who studied geography at Edinburgh University, juggled his studies with working as a personal trainer at the ‘inclusive’ BoundFitness gym in the Scottish city
On his social media page, Sam Chatto explained how he was back from his most amazing six weeks in India, four of which were spent completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training course. Above, Sam in India
The account gave a rare glimpse into his everyday life and featured revealing photos, often showing his bare, toned torso.
After attending Westminster Cathedral Choir school, Arthur followed in the footsteps of William and Harry at £33,270-a-year Eton.
At Eton he was in its Combined Cadet Force, which teaches pupils various military skills.
It echoes the trajectory of Prince Harry, who also joined the CCF at Eton before enrolling in the Armed Forces. The Duke of Sussex was recently stripped of his honorary title as Captain General of the Royal Marines after quitting the Firm.
Arthur followed his older brother Sam to Edinburgh University.
Princess Margaret’s grandson is also a fan of outdoor sports including Arctic diving and mountain climbing.
The Chattos appearance comes as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to their Windsor home of Frogmore Cottage this afternoon, leaving the rest of the Royal Family to attend a reception without them following the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen.
The Duke of Sussex was seen smiling next to his wife while being driven in a Range Rover with another car carrying security personnel behind, after what was the couple’s first joint royal engagement in two years.
They had been at St Paul’s Cathedral for the service, but were kept apart from Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla after royal aides ensured they sat on the other side of the aisle – and they later left separately.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St Paul’s Cathedral (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Guildhall (right)
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex attend the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral today
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II this morning
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave St Paul’s Cathedral after the Service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee today
Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
The Queen’s niece, Lady Sarah, pictured behind her brother David Linley (far right), arrived by bus for the service on Friday morning with her sons, Arthur, far left, and Samuel, (second from right) who wore military uniform, and her nephew Charles Armstrong-Jones (second from left)
Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, 58, appeared to be deep in chat with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as she took a seat next to the couple in St Paul’s Cathedral for the National Service of Thanksgiving on Friday
Lady Louise Windsor was seated between her mother Sophie Wessex and brother James, Viscount Severn, for the service
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson look at each other next to Liz Truss and Priti Patel this morning
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall attend the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s today
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
The Duchess of Sussex carried a pair of cream leather gloves in her hand as she climbed the steps at the cathedral today
The Sussexes did not attend a reception straight after at the nearby Guildhall which featured a series of other Royal Family members and politicians including Prime Minster Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Buckingham Palace officials took great care to try 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 guests passed without any such incident or negative ‘optics’ given the attempts to ensure today was about the Queen and her 70-year reign.
Kate and William chatted to Prince Charles and Camilla inside the cathedral, but there was no sign of the same rapport with Harry and Meghan who sat in between Lady Sarah Chatto and Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, and were under strict instructions to keep a low profile during the event.
Harry and William have had a long-standing feud, while Harry has accused his father Charles of cutting him off financially and Meghan claimed an unnamed royal made a comment about Archie’s skin tone before he was born – with the Sussexes having a war of words with the Palace following last year’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
It was the first time Harry and Meghan, who now live in California, had been on full public view alongside the Windsors since they quit the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago. Crowds cheered the pair as they arrived, with the couple smiling and waving, but both boos and cheers could be heard as they departed.
Today, Charles officially represented the absent 96-year-old monarch at the service in London which began at 11.30am. The Queen missed the historic event following a last-minute decision announced by Buckingham Palace at 7.30pm yesterday after she experienced ‘discomfort’ during Trooping The Colour events earlier in the day.
There was also no appearance at St Paul’s by Prince Andrew after he tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week. The Queen watched the service from her residence of Windsor Castle, and it was broadcast on BBC One.