Diamond Jubilee: Royals and dignitaries arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral for Thanksgiving service

Members of the Royal Family, senior dignitaries and hundreds of other guests were seen arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning, ahead of the service of Thanksgiving held to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry were among the senior Royals seen making their way from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral in London today.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, turned heads once again dressed in a striking cream lace dress, which she accessorised with a feathered headpiece and simple pearl drop earrings. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meanwhile looked elegant in a bronze-gold dress and jacket ensemble.

Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall were also seen arriving at the cathedral this morning.

The Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha were among the other invited guests, as were First Minister Alex Salmond and his wife Moira.

Around 2,000 guests are expected to attend today’s service, which will be conducted by the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will preach.

There will be a mixture of traditional hymns and more modern pieces, and children from across the UK will sing for the congregation as part of the Diamond Choir.

A special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee will also be said during the service, which will take place from 10.30am until 11.30am.

The Queen left Buckingham Palace at around 10.15am this morning and travelled to St Paul’s Cathedral by car. Her Majesty looked resplendent in a fine silk tulle light-coloured Angela Kelly dress which was embroidered with tiny mint green star-shaped flowers embellished with silver thread. It featured a mint green chiffon drape, scattered with Swarovski crystals on the shoulders. A matching white coat and matching hat included pieces of mint green chiffon and Swarovski crystals.

The Queen was accompanied by  Diana Marion, The Lady Farnham. Unfortunately the Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital after being admitted there last night with a bladder infection. He is said to be very sorry about missing the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

Inside the cathedral, the Queen will be accompanied down the aisle by senior Royals Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - aka William and Kate - and Prince Harry.

Following the religious service at St Paul’s, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will take part in a series of events throughout the day, including receptions at Mansion House and Guildhall, a Diamond Jubilee lunch at Westminster, and an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace followed by an RAF flypast.


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