Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee LIVE: Prince Harry & Meghan CHEERED as they join senior royals for St Paul's service

SENIOR Royals have arrived at St Paul's for the Service of Thanksgiving after the Queen announced she would miss the event.

The Trooping the Colour kicked off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and was followed by the Monarch lighting the beacon as Prince William watched on.

But It was announced how Her Majesty, 96, will miss today's national Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London, after experiencing "discomfort" during Thursday's events.

The Queen, 96 and facing ongoing mobility difficulties, will be watching the ceremony on television on Friday as she rests at Windsor Castle.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St Paul's to loud cheers and waved to the public as they walked up the steps to the cathedral.

The duchess is wearing a pale yellow hat and matching fascinator.

And another huge cheer went up as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the great west door by the Dean of St Paul's.

They spent a few minutes talking to the senior cleric before they entered the place of worship and proceeded to greet the long line of clergy who are taking part in today's service of Thanksgiving.

Her Majesty, 96, was not at the Trooping the Colour, but appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast.

And in the evening, the Tree of Trees was lit up outside Buckingham Palace as singer Gregory Porter lead a choir for the Jubilee.

Read our Royal Family blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Earl & Countess of Wessex smile at Archbishop's horse racing reference

    There were smiles from the Earl and Countess of Wessex as the Archbishop of York referred to the Queen's love of horse racing, while the Princess Royal nodded her head in approval.

    The Most Rev Stephen Cottrell told the congregation: "I don't have any great tips for the Derby tomorrow, but since the scriptures describe life as a race set before us, let me observe that her long reign reflects the distance of Aintree more than the sprints of Epsom.

    "Certainly, less dressage than most people imagine.

    "But with endurance, through times of change and challenge, joy and sorrow, she continues to offer herself in the service of our country and the commonwealth.

    "Your Majesty, we're sorry you're not with us this morning in person, but you are still in the saddle. And we are all glad that there is still more to come."

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    Queen thanked by Archbishop for 'staying the course'

    The Queen is "still in the saddle", the Archbishop of York has said, as he thanked her for "staying the course".

    In his sermon for the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, The Most Rev Stephen Cottrell compared the monarch's well-known love of horse racing to her long reign, suggesting it "reflects the distance of Aintree more than the sprints of Epsom".

    The Queen bowed out of attending Friday morning's event in central London after suffering "discomfort" following the first day of festivities for her Platinum Jubilee.

    During his sermon, Mr Cottrell told the congregation, which included senior members of the royal family, he was "sorry" the Queen could not attend, but glad there is "still more to come".

    He said: "It is well known that Her Majesty likes horse racing.

    "I don't have any great tips for the Derby tomorrow, but since the scriptures describe life as a race set before us, let me observe that her long reign reflects the distance of Aintree more than the sprints of Epsom.

    "Certainly, less dressage than most people imagine.

    "But with endurance, through times of change and challenge, joy and sorrow, she continues to offer herself in the service of our country and the Commonwealth.

    "Your Majesty, we're sorry you're not with us this morning in person, but you are still in the saddle. And we are all glad that there is still more to come."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris Johnson delivers reading from New Testament

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

    Let your gentleness be known to everyone.

    The Lord is near.

    Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

    Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

    Philippians 4. 4-9

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    PM speaks at service

    Boris Johnson is reading a psalm to the congregation of St Paul's.

    Earlier he was met with boos and jeers as he arrived at London's St Paul's Cathedral for a Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth on Friday, reflecting the mounting pressure he is facing in office.

    As Johnson and his wife Carrie climbed the steps outside the cathedral, in front of leading members of the military and the church, thousands of royal fans started to jeer and boo.

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    Charles and Camilla were last royals to arrive at St Paul's

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were the last royals to arrive, stopping to speak with members of the clergy before making their way inside to their seats.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Charles and Camilla, were the led in a procession to their seats in the front row of the cathedral.

    The Prince of Wales smiles as he arrives to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The QueenCredit: AFP
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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shine as they arrive at St Paul's

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St Paul's to loud cheers and waved to the public as they walked up the steps to the cathedral.

    The duchess is wearing a pale yellow hat and matching fascinator.

    The National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK, on the 3rd June 2022. Picture by James WhatlingCredit: James Whatling
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    Jubilee drama as soldier collapses outside St Paul’s

    A SOLIDER collapsed to the ground outside St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the royal family's arrival during the Queen's Jubilee.

    Royal fans cheered as the brave Royal Air Force soldier got back on his feet following the fall ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving.

    The member of the RAF was part of the military guard of honour lining the steps to St Paul's Cathedral.

    He was able to get to his feet and was helped away after he collapsed.

    It comes as politicians and Members of Parliament arrived at St Paul's for the service dedicated to the Queen this morning.

    The RAF soldier seemed to have collapsed just before Foreign Secretary Liz Truss climbed the steps into the church for the service.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Seating plan for St Paul's service REVEALED

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seats in the second row of the congregation for the Service of Thanksgiving, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret, and her family.

    Harry and Meghan are seated behind the Earl and Countess of Wessex who are in the front row with their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

    Across the aisle, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who have ornate chairs, have seats alongside them for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence.

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    Royal family members continue to arrive at St Paul's

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived at St Paul's Cathedral for this morning's service.

    The couple arrived after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and their two children, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie along with their husbands.

    Harry and Meghan held hands and were smiling broadly as they walked up the steps of the cathedral, while cheers could be heard from the crowd.

    Members of the royal family have begun to arrive at St Paul's, hailed by the ringing of the cathedral bells.

    The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike were greeted by the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of York.

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    Guard of honor arrives to cheers from the crowd

    The Guard of Honour arrived in front of St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the National Thanksgiving Service to the sound of trumpets and drums and cheers from the crowds outside.

    Guests have also been arriving, including former prime minister Sir Tony Blair and his wife Cherie.

    They were followed by other former prime ministers Gordon Brown, Theresa May and David Cameron, and their spouses.

    Shortly after, First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon arrived with her husband.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also arrived.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Harry & Meghan ARRIVE at St Paul's

    The Duke and Duchess have arrived at St Paul's cathedral.

    Harry & Meghan beamed as they were welcomed in to the building.

    Heads were seen craning as the couple made their way down the aisle.

    They took their seats in the second row.

    Prince William and Charles, as well as Duchess of Cambridge, will be arriving in the main royals procession.

    Meghan and Harry arrive at St Paul's CathedralCredit: Sky News
  • Joseph Gamp

    Two servicemen collapse outside St Paul's

    A member of the Royal Air Force who was part of the military guard of honour lining the steps to St Paul's Cathedral collapsed.

    He was able to get to his feet and was helped away.

    A second member of the military personnel lining the steps to St Paul's Cathedral has collapsed, but was also able to get to his feet and was helped way on foot from the cathedral, despite a stretcher being brought out.

  • Joseph Gamp

    City of London police warn of major road closures in the capital

    City of London Police warned of road closures in the capital from Thursday evening until Friday afternoon due to the royals attending a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

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    Show to go on for Royal Family at St Paul's

    The royal family will be out in force for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the Queen's absence at a special service of thanksgiving.

    The Prince of Wales is set to represent his mother after the 96-year-old monarch pulled out of the high-profile occasion at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

    She suffered "discomfort" following a busy first day of festivities including a double balcony appearance and a beacon lighting.

    The Queen, 96 and facing ongoing mobility difficulties, will be watching the ceremony on television on Friday as she rests at Windsor Castle.

    Thousands turned out on The Mall on Thursday to cheer the jubilee head of state for the start of her bank holiday weekend of commemorations.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be at St Paul's back in full public view alongside the Windsors for the first time since they quit the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago.

    Harry and Meghan attended the Trooping celebrations at Horse Guards on Thursday, but stayed out of the limelight inside the Duke of Wellington's former office with more than 30 members of the family.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris Johnson & politicians arrive at St Paul's cathedral

    The Prime Minister has arrived at St Paul#s cathedral for the Queen's Service of Thanksgiving.

    Other politicians were also seen entering the holy building, including Mayor Of London Sadiq Khan and Nicola Sturgeon.

    Former prime ministers including David Cameron and Tony Blair are also in attendance.

    Boiris Johnson and Carrie Symonds arrive at the central London cathedralCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
    Samantha and David Cameron attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s CathedralCredit: Getty
    Nicola Sturgeon was also seen arriving at St Paul's cathedralCredit: Getty
  • Joseph Gamp

    St Paul's Jubilee service a 'slightly terrifying gig' says Archbishop of York

    The Archbishop of York has said delivering the sermon at the service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is a "slightly terrifying gig".

    The Most Rev Stephen Cottrell has had to step in at the 11th hour after the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, contracted Covid 19.

    Speaking before the service at St Paul's Cathedral, Archbishop Cottrell said he was trying to treat it as just "another sermon".

    "Obviously that's my job, speaking about the Christian faith, preaching sermons," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    "Although this is a slightly terrifying gig I've been offered at short notice, from my knowledge of the Queen and when I've been with her before, indeed when I've preached in church when she's there, the one thing I'm very confident of is she wants to hear about the Christian faith which is what has motivated her and sustained her throughout her life, throughout her reign.

    "So I am just treating it as another sermon.

    "It is slightly terrifying but it is a great honour."

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    Guests begin to arrive at St Paul's service

    Guests have begun to file into St Paul's Cathedral ahead of this morning's service.

    Many have had their photographs taken outside the Great West Door, where members of the Royal family are also due to enter the cathedral for the event.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen, 96, ‘finally meets Lilibet’ 

    THE Queen is believed to have finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly introduced the youngster, who turns one tomorrow, to the monarch at Windsor Castle yesterday.

    Royal commentator Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, said it would have been the first time the 96-year-old would have come face-to-face with her namesake, who was born in California.

    He told BBC Breakfast: "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."

    He added that people shouldn't expect "some sort of big birthday extravagant event" for the soon-to-be one-year-old's celebrations.

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    Queen to watch Service from Windsor

    The Queen will be watching the service at St Paul's on television from Windsor Castle.

    She is expected to be resting at her Berkshire residence after the busy start to the Jubilee festivities on Thursday.

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    Statement from Buckingham Palace on Queen's service cancellation

    Buckingham Palace said the 96-year-old monarch, who has been dogged by mobility problems for months, experienced "some discomfort" after two public appearances on the balcony after the Trooping the Colour military parade.

    "Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in (Friday's) national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, Her Majesty with great reluctance has concluded that she will not attend," it added.

    There will be no sign either of the queen's second son Prince Andrew, who was not at Thursday's parade. It was later announced he had tested positive for Covid.

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    California pub ensures British expats are not left out over jubilee weekend

    Bunting, afternoon tea and a Queen Elizabeth impersonator are among the things ensuring that British expats more than 5,000 miles from home do not miss out on the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    Ye Olde Kings Head, a traditional British pub in Santa Monica, California, is pulling out all the stops to ensure that those living stateside can get a "piece of the action" over the holiday weekend.

    Established in 1974, the venue also has a restaurant, bakery and gift shop, and has been frequented by scores of Hollywood celebrities over the years.

    Events scheduled for the four-day weekend include a Beatles tribute act, afternoon tea, British-themed karaoke, street parties, live football and traditional Sunday roasts.

    As well as the normal supply of British products sold by the shop; which includes Yorkshire Tea, Cadbury's chocolate and Marmite, stacks of Jubilee memorabilia such as tea towels, mugs, coasters, bunting and official teddy bears have been added.

    Operations manager Lisa Powers said the celebrations were intended to create a "home from home" for expats living abroad and they had tried to cover "the whole British aspect from all angles".

    "We're creating a community home from home to mirror the festivities," she told the PA news agency.

    "It's not possible for everybody to go home to celebrate, so it's for all the expats that live here and want to get a piece of the action.

    "We have all sorts of different memorabilia, we're selling bunting and freshly baked scones and sausage rolls for people to come down and purchase and recreate tea parties at home as well.

    "So we kind of covered the whole British aspect from all angles."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Australia mulls republic as Jubilee celebrations spread down under

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge has been illuminated in purple to mark the Platinum Jubilee, just days after the appointment of the country's first minister tasked with overseeing a transition to a republic.

    Matt Thistlethwaite was sworn in by the newly elected Labor government as assistant minister for the republic on the eve of the Jubilee and said the occasion gave Australians food for thought about the country's future.

    "Firstly, I'd like to congratulate the Queen on her Jubilee and her reign, I think she's been a fantastic Queen and leader of the Commonwealth," Mr Thistlethwaite told Sky News Australia.

    "But as she comes to the twilight of her reign, I think Australians are naturally beginning to ask themselves what comes next for Australia: Do we want King Charles or are we mature enough and independent enough to look to appoint one of our own as our head of state?"

  • Joseph Gamp

    Bishop of London tells of her 'excitement' ahead of Service of Thanksgiving

    The Bishop of London has said she is "excited" ahead of the thanksgiving service for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee at St Paul's Cathedral.

    Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, who will be leading the blessing at St Paul's, told BBC Breakfast: "I'm excited, I think."

    She added that 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."

    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.

  • Louis Allwood

    12 arrests after failed disruption

    Several individuals attempted to interrupt this mornings procession down the Mall ahead of the Trooping of the Colour.

    The Met Police has now confirmed 12 people were arrested for what it said was obstruction of the highway.

    Pro-vegan climate and animal rights campaign group Animal Rebellion has said 25 of its supporters were involved in the disruption.

  • Louis Allwood

    What does Meghan’s body language from today show?

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were reunited with the Firm for the first time since Megxit at Trooping the Colour today.

    And the Duchess of Sussex showed no hint of awkwardness as she was seen playfully shushing Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall from the window at the Major General’s Office where the couple watched the spectacle.

    However, Meghan’s apparent ease at the situation is far from accidental according to one body language expert.

    Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings says that the mum-of-two is ‘distracting’ from what is an otherwise very serious atmosphere.

    Speaking to Fabulous Jo explains: “What is really clear is that Meghan is using playfulness as a distracting gesture from the more serious issues and divided opinion that have accompanied her and Harry on this trip. 

    “I think she is hyper aware of the delicacy of the situation, but rather than draw attention to it by either looking sombre and serious or attempting to blend in with a jollity she may not genuinely feel, she has navigated a middle path – where she can appear a little more carefree and child-like amongst some of the younger Royals.

    “With a gentle shushing gesture to some of the more excitable little ones, she is also delivering a responsible, caring and kind role in keeping them quiet at special moments.”

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