The Queen and other members of the Royal Family were met with cheering crowds who had turned out in force to see them, as they made their way to St Paul’s Cathedral this morning.
The family were attending a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, conducted by the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to mark the Queen’s 60th year of rule.
Making her way to the service from Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by her lady-in-waiting, Diana Marion, The Lady Farnham, as the Duke of Edinburgh remains in King Edward VII Hospital, after being admitted with a bladder infection last night.
The Queen's arrival at the cathedral was announced by a new trumpet fanfare. During the service, the congregation listened intently as the Archbishop of Canterbury led prayers for the Duke of Edinburgh, wishing him a speedy recovery. The Queen, clearly moved, looked sombre during this part of the service.
Other parts of today's service include a performance by children from around the UK who performed as part of the Diamond Choir, as well as a special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee.
Following the service, the Queen will travel to Mansion House for a reception at around 11.30am, while other senior Royals will make their way to Guildhall for another reception.
They will them come together for a lunch at Westminster at around 12.30pm. The Duke of Edinburgh’s absence means a slight change in today's proceedings; the Queen will now be accompanied by her son, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during the State Procession which begins at around 2.20pm today.
The Royal party will travel through London in the 1902 State Landau carriage, which carried William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, after their wedding last April.then later today will travel in a procession through London which will include members of the military services.
Then at around 3.25pm the Royal Family are expected to congregate on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for an RAF flypast – however this is very much dependant on the weather, and could be cancelled.
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