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Queen’s platinum jubilee 2022: Queen to miss Epsom derby as royals attend St Paul’s service in her absence – as it happened

Summary

Here’s a roundup of the key developments of the day:

  • Senior royals, parliamentarians and diplomats joined 400 members of the public honoured for key roles they have played in their communities in the 2,000-strong congregation at St Paul’s to celebrate the 70-year reign of the Queen. The service was designed to be the spiritual heart of the platinum jubilee weekend.
  • The Prince of Wales filled in for the Queen at the thanksgiving service today. Buckingham Palace said the monarch, 96, was missing the service “with great reluctance” having experienced episodic mobility problems throughout the day on Thursday at the start of her jubilee celebrations.
  • The Archbishop of York has thanked the Queen for “staying the course”. Stephen Cottrell said he assumed she was watching the service on television. He said: “Your Majesty, we are sorry that you’re not here with us this morning, but we are so glad that you are still in the saddle. And we are glad that there is still more to come.”
  • Some members of the crowd loudly booed as the prime minister, Boris Johnson, and his wife, Carrie, got out of their car and walked up the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. Also present were a number of former prime ministers including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May. Johnson read from the New Testament.
  • A huge cheer went up when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat in the second row of the congregation, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret, and her family.
  • The royals, senior politicians and other guests attended a jubilee reception at the Guildhall in central London following the service. Vincent Keaveny, lord mayor of the city, has given a speech to guests. In it, he praised the Queen’s decades of “continuity, stability and unity” during her long reign.
  • Television viewing figures for the first day of the Queen’s jubilee were substantially down on previous royal occasions, although millions still tuned in. A peak audience of 7.5 million people watched the BBC’s broadcast of trooping the colour on Thursday, as it kicked off a long weekend of coverage to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign.
  • The Queen had a “lovely” time at Thursday’s platinum jubilee celebrations but found the day “very tiring”, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have told an attendee at a Guildhall reception.
  • Thunderstorms could dampen platinum jubilee festivities, with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for southern England. Forecasters are predicting heavy rain and lightning in some places and a yellow warning has been put in place from midnight until 10am on Saturday.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s return to Britain has, so far, been extremely low key.

Invited by the Queen to join the family for the platinum jubilee celebrations, the couple were never going to be on the balcony for the official flypast after trooping the colour. They were, however, invited to watch the ceremony, along with other members of the royal family, from offices overlooking Horse Guards Parade.

But for the endeavours of long-lens photographers who managed to capture through the window grainy shots of the two briefly larking around with the young children of Zara and Mike Tindall, there was little evidence they were even present.

St Paul’s Cathedral was always going to be the event for their first public engagement with other family members since they quit royal duties and the UK. It could have had echoes of the last time Harry and Meghan were seen with William and Kate, when the couples barely acknowledged each other at the Commonwealth Day service in March 2020.

But aides appeared to have averted any such comparison by seating the Sussexes far away from the Cambridges – and, indeed, from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Their place on the second row, behind the Wessexes and separated from the most senior royals by an aisle, was indicative of their reduced official status as non-working royals, despite Harry’s bloodline.

Neither did the couple attend a reception at the Guildhall after the service of thanksgiving. Staying at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, their first marital home, they are a stone’s throw from the Queen at Windsor Castle.

There is speculation that Harry and Meghan could choose to have their daughter Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday, christened while at Windsor.

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It is “a rare occasion” for the Queen not to be able to attend the Epsom Derby, Phil White, the London regional director for the Jockey Club, has said.

In a statement, he said:

We would like to wish Her Majesty the Queen a wonderful platinum jubilee.

It is a rare occasion that the Queen is unable to join us at Epsom Downs but we are delighted she plans to enjoy derby day on television.

We have big plans to celebrate Her Majesty’s contribution to horse racing and the nation, and these will continue in full tomorrow.

The derby is a unique race and we are looking forward to welcoming people in their thousands to help us create a spectacular carnival atmosphere.

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The Princess Royal went to feed penguins at Edinburgh zoo as members of the royal family visit the nations of the UK to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The Princess Royal feeds penguins during her visit to Edinburgh Zoo.
The Princess Royal feeds penguins during her visit to Edinburgh zoo. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

She was joined by her husband, Tim Laurence, on her visit to the Scottish capital on Friday.

The Princess Royal is accompanied by her husband, Tim Laurence. Wire
The Princess Royal is accompanied by her husband, Tim Laurence, to the zoo. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Anne joined children for an animal-handling session in the rainforest room at the zoo, before visiting the penguin enclosure.

The Princess Royal feeds penguins in Edinburgh zoo.
The Princess Royal feeds penguins in Edinburgh zoo. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

She was then due to visit HMS Albion and inspect a Guard of Honour before boarding the ship.

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The world’s two biggest names in musical theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda, will perform in Saturday evening’s Platinum Party at the Palace, a three-hour live music spectacular held on stages in front of Buckingham Palace and screened on BBC One from 7.30pm after the jubilee pageant through Whitehall and the Mall.

Casts from The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are also appearing, as well as the tenor Andrea Bocelli, the Royal Ballet, and an 86-year-old Julie Andrews.

The Queen might be rather less familiar with some of the acts in a section titled 70 Years of Pop Music: the show’s producers bring this right up to date with pop-dance names such as Mabel and Jax Jones, and the appearance of the lascivious, formidably talented British rapper Stefflon Don raises the prospect of someone explaining twerking to a baffled-but-hopefully-impressed head of state. You could, however, imagine her asking a footman (or Alexa) to add Celeste to the royal playlist – the young British soul singer has a timelessly powerful voice.

Read the full story here:

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“When I woke up this morning, I thought, ‘Oh my God is anyone going to come?’” said Annie Hobart, talking about the hastily planned jubilee street party she and her neighbour, Aysha Rahman, organised just three weeks ago.

“We weren’t sure how it was going to happen, but it’s come together nicely,” said Rahman. The pair were thrilled to see so many faces at their party in Moseley, south Birmingham. “It’s really nice to see so many people here,” said Hobart.

The street party was one of 16,000 expected to be held over the jubilee bank holiday weekend, with some councils reporting record applications for road closures. While most were scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, a number were kicking off earlier.

On Ashbourne Road in Wolverhampton on Thursday, hairdresser Emma Smith stood outside her house proudly admiring the street bustling with children under rows of union jack bunting. She decided to organise the street party a few weeks ago on a whim after seeing TV coverage of the jubilee celebrations, as she felt people living on the street could do with a boost after a tough few years.

“Obviously we’ve had Covid, and our street has had a bad reputation as well,” she said, referring to a shooting on the street three years ago in which a young boy was injured. “I just thought we needed something which says this is what we’re all about, community. And the kids are loving it, they’re absolutely loving it.”

Smith said she was out at 8am getting the street ready, cleaning up broken glass and sending her son-in-law up a ladder to hang bunting from the street lights.

With the help of her neighbours Yvonne Aston and Elaine Johnson, the street was filled with activity, including a bouncy castle and penalty shoot-out for the kids, and tables of food – sausage rolls, sandwiches, chocolate biscuits.

All three have lived on the street for decades but have never seen a street party happen before. “I was a bit nervous to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to do, what food to make,” said Smith. “But we love the Queen, and wanted to do something for her.”

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Donna Wright and her daughters Dolly, 10, and Leila, eight, had originally set their alarms for 4am on Friday morning to try to get the best spot to see the Queen after the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Instead, after it was announced on Thursday that the Queen would not be in attendance, they were at least “able to have a little bit of a lie-in before coming down”.

Wright said:

My daughters are such huge fans of the royal family, the last royal event we properly celebrated was Meghan and Harry’s wedding so we were really looking forward to seeing the Queen. They’re a bit sad that she wasn’t able to come today.

But the Queen’s discomfort, which led to her missing the service, did not deter the crowds of flag-waving royal fans.

Wright and her daughters, who travelled from Yorkshire, were among the thousands of people who gathered along the rails of Cheapside hoping to see other members of the royal family pass by after the service.

Wright said:

The atmosphere here has just been so amazing, everyone has been really friendly. It’s just been so lovely. We enjoyed yesterday, but I think today will be the highlight. The goal is to try to get a wave from a member of the royal family as they pass by here later.

Christine, a homemaker in her late 60s, does not leave the Lake District often but travelled to London especially for the jubilee, donning a baker-boy union jack hat she made herself, having been inspired by a design she saw on the Great British Sewing Bee.

Her daughter Anna Garnett said:

She’s tried to come down to London for all the big royal events and was even here for the silver jubilee in the 70s as well. She was a bit nervous coming here because of the crowds, but we’re here to see the royal family’s cars after the service and I think it will be worth it.

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David and Victoria Beckham will host a special jubilee lunch for inspirational individuals as part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

The A-list couple will celebrate people who have made incredible contributions to their communities.

The Beckham’s Big Jubilee Lunch will air as part of the platinum pageant on BBC One on Sunday, PA News reports.

In a post shared to Instagram on Thursday, David, 47, hailed the Queen’s reign as “remarkable”, writing:

Today, we celebrate our Queen’s platinum jubilee. Seventy years of service and inspirational leadership of our country.

Let’s come together and commemorate her remarkable reign with a great British party these next few days.

Those attending the couple’s lunch include MBE recipients, including Judith Harper, who was made an MBE for services to fostering, having fostered more than 100 children.

Also at the lunch will be Saeed Atcha, who was made an MBE for services to young people and the community in 2019. Atcha, at 22, was the youngest recipient on the 2019 honours list.

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Queen to miss Epsom Derby

Shortly after the service of thanksgiving, it was announced that the Queen would not be attending her favourite horse race at Epsom on Saturday.

Princess Anne is expected to attend in her place.

The Queen is expected to watch the major sporting event on television at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It is the second event the Queen has been forced to miss, after having to pull out of attending the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s today due to mobility problems that have plagued her jubilee year.

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The Queen had a “lovely” time at Thursday’s platinum jubilee celebrations but found the day “very tiring”, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have told an attendee at a Guildhall reception.

Gill Smallwood from Bolton spoke with Kate on Friday after a service of thanksgiving at the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral.

Smallwood said she had asked Kate how the Queen was doing.

She told the PA news agency:

She [Kate] said, ‘yes, she was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday, and she [the Queen] had had a lovely, lovely time’.

She said Kate told her that princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte also “had a lovely time” at Thursday’s celebrations, during which all three Cambridge children appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony for a flypast.

Smallwood, chief executive of the domestic violence charity Fortalice, was made an MBE in the new year honours.

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Corgi-shaped cakes, trifle bowls and posh souvenir mugs are among the platinum jubilee-themed products that have hit the spot for shoppers amid a high street battle for the £400m of extra sales riding on the festivities.

Corgi merchandise was one of the big retail trends to emerge, with the small dogs emblazoned on everything from biscuits to mugs, T-shirts and cushions. Marks & Spencer scored a hit with its Queen Connie and Corgi caterpillar cake duo, which sold out in many stores, including on Ocado.

Platinum JubileeA corgi knitted by the Ketton Knit and Natter Group, in Ketton, Rutland, as group members decorate the East Midlands village with ahead of the Platinum Jubilee. Picture date: Monday May 23, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A knitted corgi. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It is estimated that 39 million adults are celebrating the jubilee, with 4.1 million families planning to attend a street party. They will have spent about £45m on jubilee cakes and sweets to share, according to the Centre for Retail Research (CRR), which predicts the overall spending boost will be £408m – part of a wider economic lift that could be as much as £6bn.

The household specialist Lakeland said its £35 vintage-look trifle bowls sold out as soon as a lemon and swiss roll amaretti version of the classic dessert was declared as the official pudding. Cake-stand sales at Waitrose have also doubled with customers searching its website for Victoria sponge and scone recipes with “afternoon tea”.

Platinum Jubilee souvenirs ahead of Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Londonepa09988111 Souvenirs made to celebrate Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee are on display at a souvenir shop in London, Britain, 31 May 2022. The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated from 02 to 05 June 2022 to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne on 06 February 1952. EPA/TOLGA AKMEN
Platinum Jubilee souvenirs. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/EPA

The retail marketplace OnBuy, which had warned of a potential bunting shortage due to the scramble it saw for party supplies last week, said union flag bunting, party hats and banners were among the products that had sold out.

CRR thinks the souvenir and memorabilia trade will have been worth about £282m, with 6m mugs and 10m flags among the mountain of T-shirts, cushions, stationery and knick-knacks sold.

Television viewing figures for the first day of the Queen’s jubilee were substantially down on previous royal occasions, although millions still tuned in.

A peak audience of 7.5 million people watched the BBC’s broadcast of trooping the colour on Thursday, as it kicked off a long weekend of coverage to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

Later that evening, the BBC’s broadcast of the lighting of beacons to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne attracted a peak 5 million viewers, according to figures produced by rating agency BARB.

By comparison the audience for Prince Philip’s funeral last year peaked at more than 13 million people, while Prince William and Harry’s weddings hit 26 million and 18 million viewers respectively.

The relatively muted figures suggest the public took advantage of the extra bank holiday and good weather to head outside, rather than being glued to their televisions.

While trooping the colour was still the most watched programme on terrestrial television, ITV’s Coronation Street and Britain’s Got Talent were not far behind, with almost 4 million viewers each.

The BBC has sometimes struggled with the tone of its royal coverage, having come under criticism during the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012 for trying to use younger presenters in an attempt to attract a wider audience. Last year, the national broadcaster also received a record number of complaints from members of the public who felt it went overboard with wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death.

Kirsty Young returned to television to anchor the BBC’s jubilee coverage after four years off air after a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis with secondary fibromyalgia.

The BBC’s live commentary was provided by Huw Edwards and strayed into controversy when a former officer in the Irish Guards described the soldiers as “a great mick cocktail”.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton said: “The micks have this fantastic mix of guards’ discipline and pursuit of excellence, with that Irish ‘irrational tenth’ if I can quote Lawrence of Arabia, which makes it the best regiment on the planet.”

Edwards interjected to say that while viewers might think the term was offensive, “it’s worth underlining that’s what you Irish Guards call yourselves”.

Joe Dwyer of Sinn Féin wrote on Twitter: “The year is 2022 … and a BBC presenter and someone from the British army are explaining why ‘micks’ actually isn’t an offensive term for Irish people.”

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Ed Sheeran has revealed how past jubilee celebrations inspired his musical career ahead of his performance at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday.

In a post on Instagram, the singer wrote:

20 years ago I decided I wanted to pick up a guitar because I watched the Golden Jubilee on tv, saw Eric Clapton play Layla and said ‘that’s what I wanna do’.

10 years later I played The A Team at the Diamond Jubilee, and now 10 years on I’m playing the Platinum Jubilee this Sunday.

Life is weird how it keeps coming full circle in lovely ways. Tune in on Sunday and see ya there x

Sheeran, 31, is set to perform his song Perfect during Sunday’s celebrations, as a tribute to the Queen and her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, PA News reports.

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Which events are still to come?

As we near the half-way point of the four-day weekend to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, here are the key timings for the remaining official celebrations.

Saturday 4.30pm (BST) Royal family members are due to attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. For people in the UK, it will be broadcast live on ITV1.

Saturday 8pm Elton John, Alicia Keys, Stefflon Don, Craig David and Andrea Bocelli are among the stars performing at the Platinum Party at the Palace – a concert at Buckingham Palace for 22,000 people, including royals and 5,000 key workers – plus many more from home watching on BBC One. Proceedings will be overseen by the hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp. The concert will also be shown on big screens at St James’ Park and the Mall, Bute Park and Princes Street Gardens.

Sunday lunchtime More than 10 million people across the UK are expected to attend lunch events as part of the “big jubilee lunch”. Outside the UK, more than 600 lunches have been planned across the Commonwealth.

Sunday 2.30pm The gold state carriage, led by the sovereign’s escort but not carrying the Queen, will lead a pageant on a 3km route up the Mall to Buckingham Palace. Involving more than 10,000 people – including military, volunteers, performers and key workers – it will be available to watch on BBC One from 1pm and on the big screens in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Thunderstorms could dampen platinum jubilee celebrations, with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for southern England.

Forecasters are predicting heavy rain and lightning in some places and a yellow warning has been put in place from midnight until 10am on Saturday, PA Media reports.

The area covered by the warning stretches from Dover to Penzance and up to Bath and south London.

The warning has been issued for the morning after initially being thought that thunderstorms could strike on Saturday evening, during the BBC’s Platinum party at the Palace.

Around 22,000 people are expected at the event, which will see performances including Craig David, Alicia Keys, and Sir Rod Stewart.

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The royals and other guests are currently at a jubilee reception at the Guildhall in central London.

Vincent Keaveny, lord mayor of the city, has given a speech to guests. In it, he praised the Queen’s decades of “continuity, stability and unity” during her long reign.

“We are immensely grateful for her 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and to the Commonwealth that we are celebrating today,” he said. “She has been a great example of duty and public service for all of us. She is one of the most widely recognised and respected people in the world.

“And for 70 years she has provided continuity, stability and unity. There could be no better ambassador for this country and for the Commonwealth.

“All of us here are very grateful for the service she has given and the way she has served as head of state – with dignity, devotion and a deeply rooted faith.”

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Ed Hermes of London, stretches to get a phone photo of the events at St. Paul’s. People and Crowds gather at the Queen’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Ed Hermes of London, stretches to get a photo of the events at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
Crowds outside St Paul's
People try to get a better view by watching through a hole in a media tent at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
The family of Toni Vainio (bottom with baseball cap) watch the proceeding at St. Paul’s People and Crowds gather at the Queen’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The family of Toni Vainio (bottom with baseball cap) watch the proceedings at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
A woman peers through a media tent hoping to get a better view of the procession at St. Paul’s.
A woman peers through a media tent hoping to get a better view of the procession at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer

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Scotland’s first minister has spoken of her “deep respect” for the Queen, after attending the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s cathedral in London.

In an interview with the BBC, Nicola Sturgeon said her private conversations with the monarch were one of the privileges of being first minister.

The SNP leader added she wanted the Queen and her successors to remain as head of state if Scotland became independent.

Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Peter Murrell
Nicola Sturgeon and her husband, Peter Murrell. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/AP

“One of the things that I feel great respect for the Queen around is just that dedication, that selfless commitment to duty and to service,” she said.

“I like her a lot – I have deep respect for her as many people do. I think it is fair to say that, that opportunity to talk with her, to benefit from her knowledge, her wisdom and perhaps above all the completely unique perspective she has on modern world history, is something that I deeply value and will always really treasure.”

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Full story: Tributes paid to absent Queen at jubilee service of thanksgiving

It was a service of thanksgiving for an absent Queen, a St Paul’s Cathedral celebration to mark the longest reign of any British monarch. But the person to whom it was dedicated was far away at Windsor Castle, forced to watch on television, indisposed by the mobility issues that have plagued her jubilee year.

Senior royals, parliamentarians and diplomats joined 400 members of the public honoured for key roles they have played in their communities in the 2,000-strong congregation to celebrate the 70-year reign of the Queen, a lover of horses whose time on the throne, they heard, reflected “the distance of Aintree more than the sprints of Epsom”.

The service was designed to be the spiritual heart of the platinum jubilee, so the Queen, 96, a committed Christian and the supreme governor of the Church of England, would have been loth to miss it.

But members of her family were out in force. They included the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, seen in public with other members of the royal family for the first time since their exit from royal duties and decampment to the US more than two years ago.

A smiling Harry and Meghan arrived by car at the great west door, shortly after a long line of many others royals had been disgorged from a coach to file inside.

The couple were greeted by huge cheers from the crowd outside as they walked, hand in hand, up the cathedral’s steps. Here at the Queen’s specific invitation, they chatted with a line of clergy. Then, still hand in hand, they walked to their seats as the eyes of the congregation craned to see them.

They were seated in the second row from the front, squeezing past Harry’s cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their respective husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, to get to their seats.

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived last, to take part in the official procession through the cathedral before taking up seats at the front.

This was a service of deputies, Charles deputising for his mother, and the archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, called on to deliver the sermon in place of the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who was indisposed through Covid. The Duke of York, also due to be there, was also ruled out by Covid.

Boris Johnson read from the New Testament. As he and his wife, Carrie, had arrived at the cathedral, loud boos could be heard from the crowd gathered outside. Others in attendance included cabinet ministers, the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, former prime ministers, and first ministers of the devolved governments. Key workers, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces were invited in recognition of their contribution to public life.

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The health secretary, Sajid Javid, and the former prime minister Theresa May are among the attendees enjoying refreshments at a reception following the St Paul’s service of thanksgiving.

Canapés at the Guildhall event include smoked Norfolk duck breast, smoked salmon and dill, beetroot shortbread and cocktail sausages, PA News reports.

There are a range of dishes from the buffet – among them coronation chicken with grapes and rice salad.

A selection of drinks such as English sparkling wine and wines from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, as well as some non-alcoholic beverages including a cranberry bellini are on offer.

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Beverly and Noel Chung and their grandchildren watch the parade and events at St Paul’s.
Beverly and Noel Chung and their grandchildren watch the parade and events at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
Crowds gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Crowds gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
A group of women watch and enjoy the service at St. Paul’s.
A group of women watch and enjoy the service at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
Amy and Malie from Pembrokeshire, Wales, watch the events from atop a red postbox.
Amy and Malie from Pembrokeshire, Wales, watch the events from atop a red postbox. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer
People try to get photos and video on their phones of the jubilee events at St. Paul’s. People and Crowds gather at the Queen’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
People try to get photos and video on their phones of the jubilee events at St Paul’s. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are in attendance at a reception at London’s Guildhall.

The couple, who have come from the national service of thanksgiving at the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral, were greeted by the former lord mayor Sir David Wootton and Colonel Simon Duckworth. They were followed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Guests at the reception include many of those who attended the religious service, including royals and senior politicians.

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel were among the members of the government in attendance.

Other royals attending include the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands.

The Wessexes arrived with their children Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were present at St Paul’s, are not due to attend the reception.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in LondonBritain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles attend the National Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral, during Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, in London, Britain, June 3, 2022. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
Senior members of the royal family sing a hymn at the national service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Photograph: Reuters
Platinum JubileeThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. The National Service marks The Queen’s 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Public service is at the heart of the event and over 400 recipients of Honours in the New Year or Birthday Honours lists have been invited in recognition of their contribution to public life. Drawn from all four nations of the United Kingdom, they include NHS and key workers, teaching staff, public servants, and representatives from the Armed Forces, charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups.
Prince Harry and Meghan seemed in good spirits and received a loud cheer on arrival. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
Platinum JubileePrime Minister Boris Johnson during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. The National Service marks The Queen’s 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Public service is at the heart of the event and over 400 recipients of Honours in the New Year or Birthday Honours lists have been invited in recognition of their contribution to public life. Drawn from all four nations of the United Kingdom, they include NHS and key workers, teaching staff, public servants, and representatives from the Armed Forces, charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Boris Johnson did a reading from the New Testament. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, and (back left to right) Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Eugenie during the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022. PA Photo. The National Service marks The Queen’s 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Public service is at the heart of the event and over 400 recipients of Honours in the New Year or Birthday Honours lists have been invited in recognition of their contribution to public life. Drawn from all four nations of the United Kingdom, they include NHS and key workers, teaching staff, public servants, and representatives from the Armed Forces, charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Members of the royal family during the service. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
The Queen was unable to attend the event.
The Queen was unable to attend the event so Prince Charles represented her. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/AP

Here’s a clip of Boris and Carrie Johnson being booed and heckled as they arrived at St Paul’s earlier.

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The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson gives a reading from the new testament Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA
Prince William during the service
Prince William during the service Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The thanksgiving service is coming to an end after the singing of the national anthem.

The royal family formed a procession and walked back down the aisle in pairs.

Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate were seen chatting with members of the clergy before making their way out of St Paul’s.

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Queen praised for 'staying the course' in sermon

The Archbishop of York has thanked the Queen for “staying the course”.

Stephen Cottrell said he assumed she was watching the service on television and said he was sorry she couldn’t attend.

In his sermon, he said:

Now we all know that the Queen likes horse racing. And, Your Majesty, I’m rather assuming perhaps you’re watching this on the television.

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 your long reign reflects the distance of Aintree rather than the sprint of Epsom, certainly less dressage than most people imagine.

But with endurance through times of change and challenge, joy and sorrow, you continue to offer yourself in the service of our country, and the Commonwealth.

Your Majesty, we are sorry that you’re not here with us this morning, but we are so glad that you are still in the saddle. And we are glad that there is still more to come.

So thank you for staying the course. Thank you for continuing to be faithful to the pledges you made 70 years ago.

Thank you for showing us how service and faithfulness matter.

He said that everyone could learn from the Queen’s long service.

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Boris Johnson has given a reading from the New Testament.

He read Philippians 4:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

More than 400 people, including key workers, charity volunteers and members of the armed forces are at the cathedral, in recognition of their contribution to public life.

After the service, the royal family is scheduled to attend a Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor at 12.25pm.

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Harry and Meghan
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the service. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA
Prince Charles
Prince Charles is representing his mother at the service. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
William and Kate
Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

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Prince Charles arrives as service begins

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have now arrived at St Paul’s. He is officially representing the Queen at the service after she had to pull out last night.

The 96-year-old monarch is not attending 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.

Prince William and Kate were just ahead of Charles and Camilla. They were seen chatting with the Archbishop of York who will deliver the sermon during the service, as the Archbishop of Canterbury had to pull out due to contracting Covid-19.

Both couples were greeted with loud cheers and waved to the public as they walked up the steps to the cathedral.

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Earlier, a member of the Royal Air Force in the military guard of honour lining the steps to St Paul’s collapsed, but was able to get to his feet and was helped away.

Then, a second member of the military personnel also collapsed, but was also able to get to his feet and was helped away on foot, despite a stretcher being brought out.

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.

A huge cheer went up when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seats in the second row of the congregation, with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands, and Lady Sarah Chatto, the daughter of Princess Margaret, and her family.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, head to their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, head to their seats in St Paul’s Cathedral. Photograph: Victoria Jones/AP

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Boris Johnson booed by crowds upon arrival

Some members of the crowd booed as the prime minister, Boris Johnson, and his wife, Carrie, got out of their car and walked up the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral for the Thanksgiving service, although there were also cheers from some onlookers.

They have now taken their seats in the cathedral.

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The guests are slowly taking their seats. Among those present are a number of former prime ministers. Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May are all in attendance.

Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid, Liz Truss and Priti Patel are also there.

Soon after, the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, arrived with her husband, and the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also arrived.

Tony Blair, left, and Gordon Brown
Tony Blair, left, and Gordon Brown. Photograph: Phil Noble/AP
David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron
David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron. Photograph: Phil Noble/AP
Theresa May and her husband Philip May
Theresa May and her husband, Philip May. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA

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Crowds gather ahead of St Paul's service

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in central London, where the Prince of Wales is filling in for the Queen at the St Paul’s service.

Buckingham Palace said the monarch, 96, was missing the service “with great reluctance” having experienced episodic mobility problems throughout the day on Thursday at the start of her jubilee celebrations.

Crowds have gathered outside the cathedral waiting for glimpses of the royal family, though prime minister Boris Johnson was jeered upon his arrival.

The Archbishop of York has said delivering the sermon at the service of thanksgiving 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.

Speaking before the service at St Paul’s Cathedral, 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.”

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