Platinum Anniversary Celebrations On! Kate Middleton and Prince William paid their respects to Elizabeth II at a special thanksgiving service, which forced her to join Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
The service included Bible readings, prayers and community hymns in recognition and gratitude for the Queen’s reign, faith and many years of service. Of course, this Friday, the Cambridges appeared for an event at St. Paul’s Cathedral, part of a four-day celebration of Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
However, even on such a special day, former and present members of the royal family can hardly control their attitude towards each other. William and Kate sat on the other side of the aisle across from Meghan and Harry.
Although the service marked the first time, the couple had been jointly at a four since Commonwealth Day in March 2020, the last royal appearance before Harry and Meghan stepped down from their powers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who now live in California, arrived in the UK on Wednesday with their two children, three-year-old Archie and baby Lillibet, who turned single on Saturday. Kate brought a touch of sunshine in public in a light-colored lemon suit paired with a matching hat.
She completed the look with a pair of elegant Bahraini pearl earrings taken straight from her grandmother’s jewelry box. Prince William wore a morning suit, embellished with medals worthy of him (Harry did the same). And Megan again sang a song of great innocence in a delicate milky coat dress with a gray undertone, uniform pumps and a wide-brimmed hat.
On Friday, several members of the royal family attended the ceremony, but the guest of honor, unfortunately, was absent. On Thursday, Buckingham Palace clarified that the monarch will not attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony because he faces “some discomfort” due to mobility issues.
“Given the necessary travel and activity to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has with great reluctance to conclude that she will not attend,” the statement said.