The Queen appeared twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday to the delight of the thousands of flag-waving supporters below.
The public was less enthusiastic about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was encouraged and booed upon his arrival with his wife, Carey.
The last guests to arrive at St Paul were Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, then Prince Charles – heir to the throne – and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Over 400 people from all four countries of the UK were invited to attend the event honoring the Queen’s life in service. The congregation included key workers, teachers and public officials as well as representatives from the armed forces, charities, social foundations and voluntary groups, according to Buckingham Palace. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among the attendees.
The service was an opportunity for members of the royal family to come together as a tribute to the beloved mother.
Kate Williams, royal historian, told CNN, “Yesterday it was a big party, a big party and great and wonderful, with fly and an amazing tribute to armed service. But today it’s more serious.”
This event was the first time the public was able to get a good glimpse of Harry and Meghan. They were seated in the second row, along with Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Prince Andrew’s daughters and their husbands.
Harry and Meghan did not join other members of the royal family for the traditional appearance on the balcony after the parade as the Queen decided last month that only members of the royal family would be invited for that moment.
The theme of the Friday morning event, officially called the “National Thanksgiving Service to Celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,” was public service. St Paul’s Dean, David Eason led The service included Bible readings, prayers and hymns to honor the Queen’s 70 years on the British throne.
Saint Paul celebrated this occasion by calling him The bell – the largest in the UK, weighing more than 16 tons. Friday’s event was the first royal event to be staged since its restoration in 2021.
After the service, the Mayor of London, Vincent Kevini, will host a reception for the royal family and their guests in Guildhall, where the local government is located. Keaveny leads the financial district of London, known as the Square Mile.
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