The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee central weekend celebrations have been a resounding success so far and today the fun continues with the final round of festivities, which take on a more formal feel.
Unfortunately the Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital after being admitted with a bladder infection, and therefore will miss today’s events, following his absence at last night’s highly anticipated Diamond Jubilee Concert.
However the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will continue with the celebrations today, after a late night – which reportedly included a party into the wee small hours with the stars from last night’s concert.
Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral
First up, the Royal party will attend a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Queen is expected to leave Buckingham Palace at around 10.15am this morning, travelling by car to the cathedral.
Her Majesty will walk down the aisle accompanied by senior Royals including Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - aka William and Kate - and Prince Harry.
The service, attended by around 2,000 guests, is expected to take place from 10.30am until 11.30am, and highlights will include a performance from children from around the UK who will sing for the congregation, as well as a special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee.
Reception at Mansion House/Guildhall
Following this, the Queen will attend a short reception at Mansion House, while other members of the Royal Family will attend a reception at Guildhall. The receptions will be attended by those taking part in the service of Thanksgiving, as well as members of the congregation.
Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster
The Queen will then travel by car from Mansion House to the Palace of Westminster, where she will attend a Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster Hall, to be given for the Queen by the Livery. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry will also attend the luncheon.
The event is being held for around 700 guests made up of people from all over the country whose trade, craft or procession is represented by one of the many different liveries taking part in the event, along with charities, schools and other organisations they support.
After the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry have attend this luncheon, they will all leave the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, travelling along a processional route by carriage.
This State Procession is set to be a stunning sight, as the Royals travel through London, with members of Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, as well as members of The Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force Colour Squadron, and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery all taking part.
The Queen will travel through the city in the striking 1902 state landau carriage, which carried the newly married Kate Middleton and Prince William after their wedding in April last year.
Buckingham Palace Balcony appearance and RAFT flypast
Once the Royal party arrive at Buckingham Palace, they will then make an appearance together on the palace’s balcony. Huge crowds are expected to watch an RAF flypast and a Feu de Joie (Fire of Joy) – a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by the Queen’s Guard from the Forecourt of the palace.
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