The Queen’s extended family flocked to the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s today to support the monarch, who was unable to attend the event due to mobility issues.
Among the guests was the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, who looked smart in a waistcoat and tail, and was joined by his cousin Princess Alexandra, who appeared on the balcony with the Queen yesterday after Trooping the Color. crossing.
Also in attendance were the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent and his wife, Princess Michael, along with their two children.
The couple’s daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, looked elegant as she arrived at the event with her husband Thomas Kingston.
In addition, Her Majesty’s 58-year-old niece, Lady Sarah Chatto, was caught in St Paul’s, pretending to be in deep conversation with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Meanwhile, Lady Gabriella Windsor opted for an elegant all-peach ensemble to match her low-heeled pumps, fascinator and clutch to her belted midi dress.
The Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, (left), was bitten while supporting Her Majesty at today’s platinum anniversary celebrations, which he attended with his wife Princess Michael of Kent (right)
Princess Alexandra was caught attending a Guildhall reception after the Thanksgiving service, accompanied by her cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent
Sophie Winkleman and Lord Frederick Windsor arrived hand in hand at today’s service. She opted for a daring fuchsia dress, while his outfit was a darker gray
Actor Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Prince Michael’s son, Lord Frederick Windsor, was stunned in a vibrant fuchsia dress as she attended the event hand-in-hand with her husband.
Although less known to the public, these extended family members are often seen at major royal events and show their unwavering support for the Queen.
Their presence today was particularly distressing, as Her Majesty was unable to attend the service herself.
Last night she revealed that she would have to “reluctantly” retire from today’s service, after experiencing “discomfort” during yesterday’s Trooping The Color events.
According to a statement from Palace, the 96-year-old “enjoyed her birthday parade and flypast a lot” but “did experience some discomfort”.
It read: ‘Considering the travel and activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has regretfully concluded that she will not be attending.’
In addition, Prince Andrew was not at the event after he announced yesterday that he had tested positive for Covid.
However, other senior royals took part, most notably Prince Charles, who replaced his mother, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall, the Dukes and Duchess of Cambridge and the Sussexes.
Today’s service also marked Harry and Meghan’s first appearance at The Firm since the icy Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020, shortly before officially stepping down as senior royal.
The pair were spotted watching Trooping the Color yesterday, but they made a concerted effort not to be seen by prying eyes, arriving at Horse Guards Parade incognito and diligently keeping clear of most – though not all – waiting photographers.
Meanwhile, Her Majesty’s niece, Lady Sarah Chatto (pictured, right) was photographed speaking with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St Paul’s
Today’s thanksgiving service also included approximately 400 members of the public, including key figures, charities volunteers and members of the armed forces, who were invited to the service in recognition of their contribution to public life.
The Bishop of London said earlier today that she is “enthusiastic” for the thanksgiving service. Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, who will lead the blessing at St Paul’s, told BBC Breakfast: ‘I’m excited I guess.’
She added that she was nervous about the ceremonial regalia she has to wear. “It’s a jacket called the George V jacket. It’s a pretty old coat, a cape, and it’s on me, but it’s designed for men, of course, because I’m the first woman to happen to be the Bishop of London,’ she said.
“So he doesn’t sit very well with me, so I’m a little nervous.”
She said Her Majesty’s Christian faith “has always shaped her” and that she feels privileged to play a part in the service and “thank the Queen” for her service to the country.
This morning, ahead of the service, royal fans began to gather in London hoping to catch a glimpse of the family.
The Princess Royal, Duchess of Cambridge and Duke of Cambridge take their seats at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for Thanksgiving this morning at St Paul’s Cathedral
Members of the Royal Family arrive today to attend Thanksgiving service for the Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral
(From left to right) The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales today
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral in London today for the Platinum Jubilee event
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
Royal enthusiasts gather in St Paul’s Cathedral this morning ahead of the Queen’s Thanksgiving service