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March 23, 2023

Diamond Jubilee: Queen attends St Paul’s service

The Queen has taken part on Tuesday in a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, BBC informs. The day was due to conclude with a glittering carriage procession, and RAF flypast. The Queen’s consort was absent from her side as she entered the cathedral; Prince Philip remains in hospital with a bladder infection.In his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to the Queen’s “lifelong dedication”. On Monday the Queen recorded a message of thanks for the nation’s support ahead of a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace.The two-minute message, filmed in her private apartments at the palace, broadcast on radio and television in the UK and across the Commonwealth.Crowds cheered as the Queen and royal family members drove from Buckingham Palace for the service.They started to build up in the early morning outside St Paul’s and Buckingham Palace, which the Queen in her state Bentley, accompanied by one of her ladies in waiting, Diana Marion, The Lady Farnham.There was a fanfare as the Queen, wearing an mint green outfit of fine silk tulle, embroidered with tiny star-shaped flowers, arrived at St Paul’s for the service and the crowds chanted “God save the Queen”.Prince Charles, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, arrived a little before the Queen in a fleet of cars from Clarence House. The Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess and Wessex were also in attendance.The Archbishop of Canterbury praised the Queen for dedicating herself to the service of her nation and the Commonwealth. After the service, the Queen moved on to a reception at Mansion House – the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and William, Kate and Harry, are attending a similar event at the Guildhall. The Queen and royals, including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, were then set take part in the carriage procession through Whitehall.Personnel from all three armed services will line the streets for the procession, and the King’s Troop will fire a 60-gun salute.

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