The Duchess of Cornwall looked refined as she arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving alongside the royal family for the second day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Camilla, 74, arrived alongside Prince Charles, choosing to wear an all ivory and gold embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare and hat by Philip Treacy.
The elegant outfit includes embroidery detail down the sleeves and cuffs, and along the collar and shoulder line, opting to hold a matching pair of gloves and a clutch bag.
Camilla, 74, arrived alongside Prince Charles , choosing to wear an all ivory and gold embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare and hat by Philip Treacy
Camilla, 74, arrived alongside Prince Charles, choosing to wear an all ivory and gold embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare and hat by Philip Treacy
Walking up the central aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral Camilla nodded and smiled at those she passed, alongside Prince Charles, and a few steps behind Kate and William.
With the Queen missing, Charles and Camilla were seated prominently with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge sitting next to them, and seated next to them were Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence.
Prince Charles and Camilla’s official Instagram page, Clarence House, shared a select few photos of the day yesterday, as well as photos from the Coronation day in 1953, and writing: ‘On this day 69 years ago, a young Prince Charles joined his mother, the new Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following her Coronation.
‘Today, members of the The Royal Family watched a special flypast by the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
‘More than 70 aircraft participated, including the world-famous Red Arrows and the Royal Air Force Battlre of Britain Memorial Flight.’
Yesterday Camilla was driven down the Mall in her carriage, sitting alongside Duchess of Cambridge and children Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, wearing her favourite Bruce Oldfield striped blue outfit, pearl necklace and earrings and a blue Philip Treacy hat, looking graceful and relaxed.
Charles and Camilla step out of their car and are greeted outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London, this morning
Camilla outside St Paul’s Cathedral today wearing an ivory and gold embroidered coat dress by Fiona Clare and a hat by Philip Treacy
Camilla walked up the central aisle of St Paul’s Cathedra, while smiling at those she passed, alongside Prince Charles
Prince Charles and Camilla walk through St Paul’s Cathedral, walking past the memory tile saying: ‘Remember men and women of Saint Paul’s watch who by the grace of god saved this cathedral from destruction in war 1939-1945
Charles and Camilla stand and sing mid service in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, today
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles sit down at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall leave St Paul’s Cathedral after the Service of Thanksgiving today, on the second day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Roads around St Paul’s Cathedral today turned red, white and blue as the second day of Jubilee celebrations started this morning.
Fans draped in Union Jack flags spent the early hours of the morning jostling for the best position to catch a first glimpse of royals arriving for today’s thanksgiving service.
The Queen has ‘reluctantly’ had to pull out of the festivities after feeling ‘discomfort’ at yesterday’s Trooping the Colour, while her disgraced son, the Duke of York, will also be absent after ‘testing positive for Covid’.
The Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge take their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral this morning
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning
The Archbishop of Canterbury has also tested positive for Covid-19 and will too miss the event, with the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, giving the sermon instead.
Super fans camped out overnight to secure the best possible vantage point for today’s ceremony, with the streets bursting with colour and national pride.
The Bishop of London, Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullay told BBC Breakfast she is ‘excited’ ahead of the thanksgiving service, in which she will be leading the blessing – but admitted she was nervous about the ceremonial regalia she needs to wear.
‘It’s a coat called the George V coat. It’s quite an old coat, which is a cape and it sits on me, but of course it was designed for men because I’m the first woman who happens to be the Bishop of London,’ she said.
‘So, it doesn’t sit quite as well on me, so I’m slightly nervous.’
(From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace yesterday
She said that Her Majesty’s Christian faith has ‘always shaped her’ and she feels privileged to play a part in the service and ‘give thanks’ to The Queen for her service to the country.
Meanwhile the Dean of St Paul’s has said today’s service represents the nation ‘picking up the baton’ from The Queen as a thank you for her years of service.
The Very Revd Dr David Ison told BBC Breakfast: ‘I think, for me, what this service is about, is saying not only thank you, but also we are picking up the baton of what The Queen has done. We ourselves are committing to how we can make the world a better place.’
He said of the service: ‘I always get nervous. You can’t help it because you want it to go well and therefore you’re nervous to make sure it does goes well and worried about what might go wrong.’
Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour parade yesterday
He also spoke about an incident during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when his cape ripped.
‘I put on my cape and I was bounding down the stairs of the vestry and I caught the cape on the door latch and ripped it and this is in the afternoon, before the service.
‘So, they had an emergency embroiderer who came in early in the morning to stitch it back up again.’
Today’s service will be Harry and Meghan’s first appearance with The Firm since the frosty Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 shortly before they officially stepped down as senior royals.
But a royal commentator has said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope to be as ‘low-profile as possible’ during their trip to the UK.
Yesterday Camilla wore her favourite Bruce Oldfield striped blue outfit, pearl necklace and earrings and a blue Philip Treacy hat, looking graceful and relaxed
The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London yesterday
Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, told BBC Breakfast: ‘I spoke with people close to the couple… who said that they want to be as low-profile as possible during this trip.
‘It’s almost hard to believe, but I think yesterday Trooping the Colour was a great example. We didn’t really catch sight of them on TV cameras.’
He added that the couple hold a ‘warm and close’ relationship with The Queen and also spoke about the upcoming first birthday of their daughter, Lilibet, tomorrow.
‘Those moments with Lilibet are very much private between them and the Queen,’ he said, adding that last night at Windsor would have been the first time Her Majesty would have met her namesake in person.
Fighter jets from Britain’s RAF fly in formation to form the number ’70’ during a special flypast over Buckingham Palace yesterday
The 96-year-old Queen will miss 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.’
Crowds look up from The Mall as the RAF Red Arrows fly overhead after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London yesterday
It is understood the decision ahead of the service, which begins at 11.30am today, was considered regrettable but sensible due to the length of the journey and time involved and the physical demands the service would require.
Senior members of the monarchy at St Paul’s this morning will also include the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Sussexes, who will be joined by the extended royal family.
Meanwhile key workers, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces have been invited to the Queen’s service of thanksgiving in recognition of their contribution to public life.
Members of the public gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London, for the second day of the Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations
More than 400 people, who have been making a difference either nationally or locally, are among the guests and many have been working tirelessly during the pandemic.
They will join members of the royal family at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the monarch’s 70-year reign, although the Queen herself will not attend after experiencing ‘some discomfort’ during Thursday’s events following previous mobility issues.
The Dean of St Paul’s, Dr David Ison, will say in The Bidding: ‘We come together in this Cathedral Church today to offer to God our thanks and praise for the reign of Her Majesty the Queen and especially for her 70 years of faithful and dedicated service.
Members of the public take their place outside St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving today, which The Queen cannot attend
‘As we gather from communities across her realm and the Commonwealth of Nations, we rejoice in the diverse and varied lives of all those whom she serves, and in the beauty and abundance of the world in which we live.
‘Inspired by words and music, we pray that God will continue to bless and guide Her Majesty, and that we may all receive grace to honour life and to live in harmony with one another; and we continue to pray for those whose lives are marred by conflict, suffering and tragedy.
‘And mindful of the call of God to look to the needs of others, we commit ourselves afresh to caring for our world and all for whom it is home, striving always to seek out and nurture that which is good in people and in all creation.’
Royal enthusiasts gather in the early morning at St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of the National Service of Thanksgiving, part of celebrations for the Queen’s platinum Jubilee
Those invited in recognition of their service have all been recipients of honours in the New Year or Birthday Honours lists and their number also includes public servants and representatives from social enterprises and voluntary groups.
Boris Johnson, who will give a New Testament reading, and members of his Cabinet are among the guests along with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, first ministers of the devolved governments and former prime ministers.
The diplomatic world will be represented by high commissioners and ambassadors from across the world and also attending are governors general and clergy from world faiths.
Participants set to feature in the Service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral take part in a full dress rehearsal outside the London landmark earlier this week
The Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell will give the sermon after the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby tested positive for Covid-19. The Dean of the Chapel Royal, Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, will give the Collect and the Blessing, and the Dean of St Paul’s will conduct the service.
Young people representing countries where the Queen is head of state will lead the ‘Act of Commitment’ celebrating the life and reign of the monarch, led by the Reverend Robert Kozak.
During the day, one of the country’s largest bells, the Great Paul, will be rung before and after the service, the first time it will have been heard at a royal occasion.
A full dress rehearsal last week for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
Practice marches last week ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which takes place today
The event will feature a new anthem by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, that sets to music words from the third Chapter of the Book of Proverbs.
Bible readings, hymns and prayers to express thankfulness for the Queen’s reign, faith and service will also be heard by the congregation as the nation marks the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
Before the service begins, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth (Royal Band), will play as the congregation arrives and the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry will perform to mark royal arrivals, while the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will accompany later in the service.