The Queen’s extended family attend St Paul’s Jubilee service

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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 dapper in a waistcoat and tails, and was accompanied by his cousin Princess Alexandra, who appeared on the balcony with the Queen for the flypast yesterday after Trooping the Colour. 

Also present was the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of his 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, wearing an all-peach ensemble, matching her accessories to her belted midi dress.

Additionally, her Majesty’s 58-year-old niece, Lady Sarah Chatto, was snapped in St Paul’s, appearing to be deep in conversation with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Meanwhile, Lady Gabriella Windsor opted for an elegant all-peach ensemble, matching her low heeled pumps, fascinator, and clutch bag to her belted midi dress 

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The Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, (left), was snapped supporting her Majesty during today's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which he attended with his wife Princess Michael of Kent (right)

The Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, (left), was snapped supporting her Majesty during today's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which he attended with his wife Princess Michael of Kent (right)

The Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, (left), was snapped supporting her Majesty during today’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which he attended with his wife Princess Michael of Kent (right)

Princess Alexandra was snapped attending a Guildhall Reception after the thanksgiving service, accompanied by her cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent

Princess Alexandra was snapped attending a Guildhall Reception after the thanksgiving service, accompanied by her cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent

Princess Alexandra was snapped 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 bold fuchsia dress, while his outfit was more sombre grey

Sophie Winkleman and Lord Frederick Windsor arrived hand-in-hand at today's service. She opted for a bold fuchsia dress, while his outfit was more sombre grey

Sophie Winkleman and Lord Frederick Windsor arrived hand-in-hand at today’s service. She opted for a bold fuchsia dress, while his outfit was more sombre grey

Actor Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Prince Michael’s son Lord Frederick Windsor, stunned in a vibrant fuchsia dress as she made her way to the event, hand-in-hand with her husband.

While these extended family members are less familiar to the public, they are often spotted at major royal events, showing their unwavering support for the Queen. 

Their attendance was especially poignant today, as her Majesty was unable to go to the service herself.

Last night she revealed that she would have to ‘reluctantly’ pull out of today’s service, after experiencing ‘discomfort’ during yesterday’s Trooping The Colour events.  

According to a Palace statement, the 96-year-old ‘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.’   

In addition, Prince Andrew was not at the event, after yesterday announcing that he has tested positive for Covid. 

However, other senior royals took part, notably Prince Charles, who stood in for his mother, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Sussexes.  

Today’s service also marked 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 royal.

The couple were seen yesterday as they watched Trooping the Colour, however they made a concerted effort not to be seen by prying eyes, arriving incognito at Horse Guards Parade and studiously keeping away from most – although not all – of the waiting photographers.

Meanwhile, her Majesty's niece, Lady Sarah Chatto (pictured, right) was photographed speaking to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inside St Paul's

Meanwhile, her Majesty's niece, Lady Sarah Chatto (pictured, right) was photographed speaking to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inside St Paul's

Meanwhile, her Majesty’s niece, Lady Sarah Chatto (pictured, right) was photographed speaking to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inside St Paul’s

Also at today’s thanksgiving service were around 400 members of the public, including key workers, charity 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 ‘excited’ ahead of the thanksgiving service. Rt Revd and 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.

This morning, ahead of the service, royal fans started gathering in London in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the family. 

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

The Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge take their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral this morning

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 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

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning

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

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

Members of the Royal Family arrive to attend the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at St Paul's Cathedral today

Members of the Royal Family arrive to attend the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen's reign at St Paul's Cathedral today

Members of the Royal Family arrive to attend the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral today

(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

(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 for the Platinum Jubilee event today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie arrive at St Paul's Cathedral in London for the Platinum Jubilee event today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for the Platinum Jubilee event today

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 Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles sit down at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today

Royal enthusiasts gather this morning at St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen

Royal enthusiasts gather this morning at St Paul's Cathedral ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen

Royal enthusiasts gather this morning at St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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